ERIC Number: EJ1145344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Using Mathematical Analyses Activities to Improve Manipulative Discrimination in Early Childhood Teacher Education
Ertle, Barbrina B.
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, v38 n2 p136-149 2017
This article reports on the findings of manipulative analyses performed by preservice and in-service teachers in an early childhood teacher education program mathematics methods course. The activities are intended to model and promote mathematical analyses for better discrimination between mathematics manipulatives by early childhood teachers. Findings suggest that these activities elicit varied analyses by the teachers related to practical and pedagogical issues, but are initially lacking in mathematical considerations. Through modeling and practice, they do include mathematical considerations, possibly shifting their beliefs regarding manipulatives away from the common assumption that manipulatives will result in automatic learning. The depth of these analyses, though, suggests that greater focus is required in building a stronger content knowledge base.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Manipulative Materials, Mathematics Instruction, Preschool Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Methods Courses, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Early Childhood Education, Arithmetic, Measurement, Numeracy, Subtraction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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