ERIC Number: ED264091
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
MATHBOXES: A Program for the Apple II to Teach Children to Solve Basic Word Problems. A Report from the Project Using the Microcomputer to Teach Problem-Solving Skills. Program Report 85-5.
Bebout, Harriett C.; And Others
This manual is used with MATHBOXES, a computer program written for Apple II microcomputers to help children relate formal mathematical symbols for representing simple word problems to the informal strategies using physical objects that they naturally use to solve them. There is a substantial body of research that documents that young children are capable of solving a variety of simple addition and subtraction word problems by directly representing the action or relationships in the problems with physical objects. However, when they are introduced to formal mathematical symbols, they fail to see the connection between the manipulations they learn for these symbols and the informal strategies they use to solve the problem. MATHBOXES is designed to help children make this connection. The manual includes an overview of the program and directions for using it, discussing the various program options: (1) no numerals; (2) numerals only; (3) numerals and text (with additional choices for canonical-small numbers, canonical-large numbers, missing addend-small numbers, missing addend-large numbers, noncanonical-small numbers, or noncanonical-large numbers); and (4) leaving the program. (JN)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison.