The MARS approach is to integrate instruction on area and volume into the science curriculum and to offer recurring encounters with both concepts throughout the curriculum. Even in the absence of integrated curriculum materials, there is a need for coordination of topics in mathematics and science instruction and for cooperation among teachers to provide complementary learning experiences. Such an approach might help students and teachers alike appreciate how mathematics is so admirably adapted to reality.
Development of this curriculum was sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of the Varieties of Reasoning in the Social and Natural Sciences program at the Learning Research and Development Center of the University of Pittsburgh. Thanks to Ann Davidson for help with data collection and to Bill Moore for help in software development. We are extremely appreciative of our partners in education Dr. Alice Hirsch (curriculum coordinator), Al Herrle (science teacher), and Judy Kielman (mathematics teacher) of the Montour School District for their support in implementing the curriculum. This is LRDC Research Report No. MARS-004.
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