Date: Apr 8, 1995 5:09 PM
Author: roitman@oberon.math.ukans.edu
Subject: Re: Manipulatives in Math

Eileen Abrahamson writes:

> * Is there truly a teaching technique, employing
>manipulatives, that could be destructive to learning in math?
> * In otherwords could manipulatives be "educational poison"
>in the wrong hands?
>



I have no serious study, but just my mathematician's instinct, which also
seems to be the teacher's instinct of many people on this list --
manipulatives are for creating metaphors, analogies, models.
Manipulative-based algorithms are not the way to go.

But some folks may be able to persuade me otherwise. I'll be interested in
the responses.

Cheers.


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Judy Roitman, Mathematics Department
Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66049
roitman@math.ukans.edu
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