Title

A Re-Examination of the Use of Mathematics Manipulatives Material in the Primary and Middle Schools

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Education / Fogarty Learning Centre

RAS ID

4926

Comments

Marshall, L., & Swan, P. (2007). A Re-Examination of the Use of Mathematics Manipulatives Material in the Primary and Middle Schools. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (CoSMEd 2007).

Abstract

Mathematics manipulatives have been used in the teaching of mathematics for fifty years or more in many countries. Often the use of manipulatives is justified on the basis that children are involved in 'hands on learning'. This paper reports on the results of the survey carried out in Western Australian primary and middle schools and establishes a baseline upon which further research will develop. Comparisons are made between previous research and the current findings. Genera! trends of manipulative use are reported.

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