Counter conjectures: Using manipulatives to scaffold the development of number sense and algebra
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers
School of Education
How the use of concrete materials in the form of counters allows students to model increasingly complex number problems is explored. The use of counters scaffolds students' development of number sense and algebra skills leading to an understanding of quite abstract concepts.
West, J. (2016). Counter conjectures: Using manipulatives to scaffold the development of number sense and algebra. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 21(3), 21-25.