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ERIC Number: EJ817875
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1046-6819
The Effects of Instructional Consistency: Using Manipulatives and Teaching Strategies to Support Resource Room Mathematics Instruction
Smith, Lisa F.; Montani, Teresa Oettinger
Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v15 n2 p71-76 2008
The benefits of multisensory instruction for teaching mathematics to students in resource rooms were explored. Participants were third and fourth graders (n = 12) in 3 resource rooms for replacement mathematics in a middle-class school district in New Jersey. The students received weekly instruction for several months, using manipulatives and word problem solving strategies with their on-going math replacement instruction. Error analyses were conducted on an ongoing basis with immediate corrective feedback given. Pre-post results indicated support for the hypothesis that performance increases through the use of multisensory materials and strategies. In particular, increases were observed in the use of base ten blocks, strategies for problem solving, and an overall improvement in calculation performance. Results are discussed in terms of the importance of consistent use of manipulatives and strategies in the resource classes. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 3; Grade 4
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey