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Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, v3 Jun 2010

The purpose of this paper is to explain the importance and benefits of math manipulatives. For decades, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has encouraged school districts nationwide to use manipulatives in mathematical instruction. The value of manipulatives has been recognized for many years, but some teachers are reluctant to use them in their lessons. Throughout this paper, a discussion of the positive results of several research studies that strongly suggest the use of manipulatives will be mentioned. The history and advancement of manipulatives with also be discussed. Defining manipulatives and explaining the correct way to use them will be highlighted in this paper.

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Manipulative Materials, Instructional Effectiveness

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Author: Boggan, Matthew; Harper, Sallie; Whitmire, Anna


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