[Numeracy 215] Re: Manipulatives--Research

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Rachel Lyon rlyon at lyon.k12.nv.us
Wed Feb 24 16:16:31 EST 2010

Virtual manipulatives can work for some students. Once again, we are faced with diversifying instruction to fit the needs of our students. What works for some or even most doesn't work for all.

My daughter was 4 ½ could do multi digit addition, subtraction and multiplication - using her 'frog and watching him jump on the number line' - all with her eyes closed and imagination. Once introduced to concrete manipulatives, she lost her frog and actually digressed in math.

Imagination, virtual, concrete, descriptions, manipulatives?! All can work....


From: numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov] On Behalf Of Jean Stephens
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 10:14 AM
To: numeracy at nifl.gov
Subject: [Numeracy 213] Manipulatives--Research

I have been following the various discussions about using manipulatives on the discussion list. As coordinator of the math/numeracy part of the LINCS Basic Skills Collection, I was wishing that we had something in our collection that addressed research on the use of manipulatives in teaching math. Since we do not currently have anything on the collection on this topic, I went searching on the web to see what might be available.

I found an article that may be of interest to some of you: "Learning Mathematics with Virtual Manipulatives" on the Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd) website at http://www.cited.org/index.aspx?page_id=151. This article brings up the whole new topic of using virtual manipulatives instead of concrete ones. I would be interested in hearing comments from members of the group on this method of teaching math with manipulatives.

Please note that at the end of the article there is information on research in this topic. Although many of the research projects referred to are pertaining to virtual manipulatives, there are some that deal with concrete manipulatives.

I will submit this article for review and possible inclusion in our collection. If anyone on this list knows of other articles online that we might consider for the collection on manipulatives (or other topics), please let me know either on or off the list. Thanks. Jean Stephens

Jean J. Stephens


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