Date Approved

6-28-2005

Embargo Period

4-10-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching: Collaborative Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Browne, Susan

Subject(s)

Manipulatives (Education)--New Jersey; Mathematics--Study and teaching (Primary)--New Jersey

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore the use of manipulatives during math. This is done by examining manipulatives in reference to student interest, diverse learners, student response, and student opinions. The study was conducted in an elementary school in the Winslow Township school district located in the Camden County region of South Jersey. All seventeen participants were taken from a collaboratively taught first grade classroom. Collection of data was done through the use of video tape, student journals, tests and my personal observations. Data was triangulated through the examination of multi-sources (video, journals, tests, observations), and themes, scores and interesting remarks were analyzed. In conclusion to the study one unifying pattern that was found during the exploration of manipulatives was student eagerness. Their eagerness to use and explore manipulatives provided them with the openness to learn thus increasing their knowledge of the subject at hand.

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