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ERIC Number: EJ827619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0268-2141
Tools or Crutches? Apparatus as a Sense-Making Aid in Mathematics Teaching with Children with Moderate Learning Difficulties
Moscardini, Lio
Support for Learning, v24 n1 p35-41 Feb 2009
This paper challenges a view of concrete materials as artifacts used within a rigid instructional sequence that particular children are perceived to require or not, as the case may be. Focussing on mathematics teaching, it contends that it is more useful to consider the function of these materials as "tools," artefacts used flexibly and selectively by pupils to make sense of mathematics, rather than as "crutches," devices which may support procedural competency in mathematics but with no guarantees of understanding.
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Language: English
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