ERIC Number: ED347080
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Computer Graphic Feltboards: New Software Approaches to Children's Mathematical Exploration. Report No. 91-1, Reports and Papers in Progress.
This paper presents a research study of children using on-screen manipulatives (objects represented graphically on the computer screen) in learning mathematics. The paper begins by offering the rationale for the use of manipulatives in mathematics education, an assessment of why manipulatives are not more commonly used in schools, and a discussion of the potential benefits of on-screen computer manipulatives. It then discusses a program of research in which sixty-three kindergarten and first-grade children used software to construct "computer beansticks" as part of a series of classroom activities focused on number patterns, grouping, and addition. Among the results was the finding that the open-ended nature of the software offered children an environment for independent and collaborative exploration and expression, and provided teachers with a tool for class presentations and informal assessment. (Author)
Descriptors: Addition, Cognitive Development, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Graphics, Computer Uses in Education, Courseware, Discovery Learning, Field Tests, Grade 1, Kindergarten, Learning Activities, Manipulative Materials, Mathematical Enrichment, Mathematics Instruction, Number Concepts, Pilot Projects, Primary Education, Problem Solving, Symbols (Mathematics), Teaching Methods
Publications, Center for Learning, Teaching and Technology, Education Development Center, 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02160.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA. Center for Learning Technology.