ERIC Number: ED343873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-18
Manipulative Mathematics with Computer Applications: An Approach To Help Practicing Elementary Teachers To Go Beyond the Textbook.
Piel, John A.; Gretes, John A.
The purpose of this inservice project was to help elementary teachers overcome their reluctance to deviate from commercially prepared materials by becoming aware of and building connections between the understanding of mathematical processes through the use of concrete, representational, and symbolic manipulatives with the four arithmetic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with whole numbers and decimal fractions). These functions were then enhanced through the infusion of computer based applications of these same arithmetic processes, to help bridge the gap in understanding between manipulative mathematics as a process, and the later use of symbolic algorithms used when solving problems. This project was accomplished through a three-phased program: task analysis, manipulative mathematics, and computer transition activities. A brief outline of each phase is given, as well as a brief discussion of the impact of the inservice program on teachers' mathematics anxiety. (IAH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Technology and Education (9th, Paris, France, March 18, 1992).