[Numeracy 211] Re: manipulatives
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> Hi Everyone,
> I¹ve been following this conversation on manipulatives with a great deal of
> interest. I don¹t teach math and in fact, I am quite bad at it. But I do find
> math interesting and wish I were better at it. My cousin is a math teacher at
> a community college and has done a sabbatical on working with transitions
> between ABE/AEL and community colleges. She and I had a discussion awhile ago
> that referenced a study done a couple of years ago that called into question
> the usefulness of manipulatives. While both of our gut instincts tell us that
> anything that bridges the theoretical to the concrete is helpful in the
> classroom, this article gave us both pause.
> Here¹s the article:
> Is anyone else familiar with the study or know of any further research on
> this? The discussion so far has focused on the benefits to manipulatives in
> math instruction, does anyone have any experience where that has not been the
> case? It is really hard for me to go against the experience of teachers and
> my own gut, but on the other hand, I also feel like research has merit and
> should be considered. Any one have any thoughts?
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