Title

Mathematics Manipulatives: A Panacea or Pandora's Box?

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Education / Fogarty Learning Centre

RAS ID

5008

Comments

Swan, P., Marshall, L., & White, G. (2007). Mathematics manipulatives: A panacea or a Pandora’s box. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education.

Abstract

As part of a larger research project the researchers reviewed the literature on the use of mathematics manipulatives, surveyed teachers, interviewed teachers, visited classrooms, inspected storerooms and ran professional development sessions for teachers. As a result of these measures, rich data was collected providing a better understanding of how mathematics manipulatives are being used and why teachers decide to use them. While answering many questions the research opened a metaphorical Pandora‟s box of question still to be answered.

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