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CBE-Life Sciences Education
written by Edward F. Redish and Todd J. Cooke
A common feature of the recent calls for reform of the undergraduate biology curriculum has been for better coordination between biology and the courses from the allied disciplines of mathematics, chemistry, and physics. Physics has lagged behind math and chemistry in creating new, biologically oriented curricula, although much activity is now taking place, and significant progress is being made. In this essay, we consider a case study: a multiyear conversation between a physicist interested in adapting his physics course for biologists (E.F.R.) and a biologist interested in including more physics in his biology course (T.J.C.). These extended discussions have led us both to a deeper understanding of each other's discipline and to significant changes in the way we each think about and present our classes. We discuss two examples in detail: the creation of a physics problem on fluid flow for a biology class and the creation of a biologically authentic physics problem on scaling and dimensional analysis. In each case, we see differences in how the two disciplines frame and see value in the tasks. We conclude with some generalizations about how biology and physics look at the world differently that help us navigate the minefield of counterproductive stereotypical responses.
CBE-Life Sciences Education: Volume 12, Issue 2, Pages 175-186
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10.1187/cbe.12-09-0147
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TUES-0919816
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Keywords:
IPLS, NEXUS, NEXUS Physics, integrated physics and biology, physics-biology integration, reformed biology, reformed physics
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E. Redish and T. Cooke, , CBE Life. Sci. Educ. 12 (2), 175 (2013), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.12-09-0147).
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E. Redish and T. Cooke, Learning Each Other's Ropes: Negotiating Interdisciplinary Authenticity, CBE Life. Sci. Educ. 12 (2), 175 (2013), <https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.12-09-0147>.
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Redish, E., & Cooke, T. (2013, June 4). Learning Each Other's Ropes: Negotiating Interdisciplinary Authenticity. CBE Life. Sci. Educ., 12(2), 175-186. Retrieved May 27, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.12-09-0147
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Redish, Edward F., and Todd J. Cooke. "Learning Each Other's Ropes: Negotiating Interdisciplinary Authenticity." CBE Life. Sci. Educ. 12, no. 2, (June 4, 2013): 175-186, https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.12-09-0147 (accessed 27 May 2024).
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Redish, Edward F., and Todd J. Cooke. "Learning Each Other's Ropes: Negotiating Interdisciplinary Authenticity." CBE Life. Sci. Educ. 12.2 (2013): 175-186. 27 May 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.12-09-0147>.
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