The Middle Grade Teachers ' Reason For Using Manipulatives For Teaching Mathematics
The purpose of this study was to find out the middle grade teachers’ reason for using manipulatives for teaching mathematics. It also tried to define and explain why teachers prefer using manipulatives in teaching mathematics to this grade of children.
2. How this study relate to prior research
The study relates to prior research in the sense that both are interested in outlining the understanding that there are concrete mathematical concepts that demand more elaborate and easy methods to be understood by children. Children advance the stages and learn a lot and for them to grasp procedures in mathematics then they need to be taught tools through other manipulatives to make them understand. This is where the demand and use of manipulatives stems in. Both studies also outline that students that use manipulatives are more competent to solve mathematical concepts than those that don’t use them. This also mostly depend on the experience that a teacher may have on using manipulatives.
Both researches also come to conclusion that the extent to which the use of manipulatives is applied depends on the beliefs and the experience of the teacher using them. The students should thus be able to reflect on them and generate meaning for them to be able to understand the concepts well.
3. Were methods for data collection well-articulated? Appropriate? (sample; instruments, interview questions, observational protocols; procedures)