An Analysis on the Meaning and Use of Manipulatives in the Elementary Mathematics Lessons

- Journal title : Education of Primary School Mathematics
- Volume 19, Issue 1, 2016, pp.61-78
- Publisher : Korea Society of Mathematical Education
- DOI : 10.7468/jksmec.2016.19.1.61

Title & Authors

An Analysis on the Meaning and Use of Manipulatives in the Elementary Mathematics Lessons

Park, Mangoo;

Park, Mangoo;

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions and perspectives on meanings and use of manipulatives in mathematics lessons. For the investigation, the researcher reviewed related literature and analyzed the perceptions of preservice teachers on the meanings and use of manipulatives in mathematics lessons. The participants were 75 preservice elementary school teachers who took a teaching practice course at the 1st or the 2nd semester in 2015. These preservice teachers observed mathematics lessons for two weeks during the student teaching periods. They were requested to observed the use of manipulatives in mathematics lessons and wrote about their ideas on the meanings and use of manipulatives. Result of the research was that the perceptions on the meanings and use of manipulatives from the preservice teachers` perspectives are as follows. Manipulatives in mathematics lessons were self-made or pre-made manufactures. The using time of manipulatives during lessons varies, and the teachers provide the manipulatives with contexts. Providing in-depth observation during a teaching practice course is allowed opportunities for preservice teachers to reflect their mathematics teaching and learning methods in the classroom.

Keywords

manipulatives;mathematics lesson;elementary preservice teachers;

Language

Korean

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