Academic journal article Science and Children

# Science and Math Go Together Like

Academic journal article Science and Children

# Science and Math Go Together Like

## Article excerpt

I recently attended a workshop promoting the integration of math and science. Everyone came thinking they knew what to expect. We all know that "math and science" go together. We started with a brainstorm listing connections between math and science. We quickly nailed some of the more obvious similarities--measurement, graphing. As the list grew, so did the arguments. It wasn't too long before we were wrestling with some deep distinctions and similarities between mathematics and science. What at first seemed simple and certain cascaded into doubt and questions. Can math and science both have multiple answers? Are math and science both empirical? As the week continued, we resolved some issues and continued to struggle with others. It was a good week.

While many questions remain about the effects of integration, there is growing support for it and a growing body of evidence that the struggle is worth it. Perspectives (p. 60) outlines some research that supports math and science integration.

Graphing is a concept that has a deep and early connection of math and science. Often students don't connect the physical objects and observations with the "naked" numbers of a graph or chart. In "Making 'Photo' Graphs" (p. 33), students connect a visual representation of growing plants with the abstract representation of their measurements on a graph.

While graphing is often thought to be a simple connection of math and science, the learning of it is far from simple. …

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