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ERIC Number: EJ858579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Capitalizing on the Unexpected
Taber, Susan B.
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v15 n3 p148-155 Oct 2009
More than forty years ago, Jerome Bruner developed a theory about the use of physical models or manipulatives when teaching math. He argued that students would learn mathematics better if they fist encountered concepts and procedures by actively modeling them with manipulatives. In this article, the author describes: (1) some of the unexpected events that have occurred using manipulatives for mathematics tasks; (2) the dilemmas they posed for teachers; and (3) the ways teachers were able to take advantage of the students' representations to explore important mathematical concepts. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A