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Making biology count: integrating mathematics into the teaching of inheritance


Satterthwait, D, Making biology count: integrating mathematics into the teaching of inheritance, Journal of Biological Education, 52, (1) pp. 92-97. ISSN 0021-9266 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2018 Royal Society of Biology. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Biological Education on 7/02/2018, available online:

DOI: doi:10.1080/00219266.2018.1427613


In this paper, I explore how seamless embedding of four mathematical concepts: counting, ratio, distribution, and statistical significance, into a unit on inheritance enables students to gain a deeper insight into biological phenomena than a qualitative only approach achieves. The topic of Mendelian inheritance is used to illustrate this proposal. An introductory activity is presented that separates the specialized genetics vocabulary from the inheritance process, allowing the initial mathematical relationship to be developed and subsequently followed by the language requirements.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:biology education, Mendelian genetics, inheritance, mathematics in biology
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Secondary education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Satterthwait, D (Dr Donna Satterthwait)
ID Code:129903
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-12-20
Last Modified:2019-03-20
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