ERIC Number: ED307050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Increasing the Availability and Usage of Mathematics Manipulatives in K-2 through Effective Related Staff Development Activities.
Yeatts, Karol L.
A first-grade teacher implemented a practicum intervention designed to increase the availability and use of manipulative materials for mathematics activities in kindergarten, first-, and second-grade classes. Primary goals were to: (1) provide teachers with the understanding and competence needed to incorporate the use of manipulative materials into their mathematics instruction; (2) increase student and teacher use of manipulative materials; and (3) increase availability of reference publications related to mathematics instruction in primary grades. In the effort to reach these goals, a teacher questionnaire was administered, the availability and use of selected materials was assessed, an inventory of publications was made, workshops for teachers were presented, fund-raising activities were developed, and the effectiveness of the intervention was evaluated. Practicum evaluation data indicated that the intervention had positive effects. There were significant gains in availability and use of the selected materials. Teachers indicated that the related staff development activities helped them gain understanding and competence in integrating manipulatives into their regular course of mathematics instruction. Related materials in six appendices included: (1) teacher questionnaire; (2) survey of availability and usage of selected materials; (3) inventory of mathematics resource/reference publications; (4) teacher observation checklist; (5) weekly log; and (6) staff development activities rating scale. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.