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Characterization of the Mathematical Theoretical Biology Institute as a Vygotskian-Holzman Zone of Proximal Development

Abstract The Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI) is a summer research program for undergraduate students, largely from underrepresented minority groups. Founded in 1996, it serves as a 'life-long' mentorship program, providing continuous support for its students and alumni. This study investigates how MTBI supports student development in applied mathematical research. This includes identifying of motivational factors to pursue and develop capacity to complete higher education.

The theoretical lens of developmental psychologists Lev Vygotsky (1978, 1987) and Lois Holzman (2010) that sees learning and development as a social process is used. From this view student development in MTBI is attributed to the collaborative and c... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Evangelista, Arlene Morales (Author) / Castillo-Chavez, Carlos (Advisor) / Holmes, Raquell M (Committee member) / Mubayi, Anuj (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Mathematics education / Applied mathematics / Higher education / Collaboration / Community development / Creativity / Higher education in STEM / Holzman's metaphor of becoming / Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 166 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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