The role of manipulatives in developing mathematical thinking
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
School of Education / Fogarty Learning Centre
The use of manipulatives as part of mathematics lessons has long been advocated as part of a comprehensive mathematics program. Recent developments such as virtual manipulatives, along with research have caused some to question the role that manipulatives play in learning mathematics. In this paper the authors re-examine the use of manipulatives within the constructivist paradigm. Attribute Blocks are used to illustrate how mathematical thinking may be developed with the aid of manipulatives.