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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