publication . Article . Other literature type . 2017

Making Sense with Manipulatives: Developing Mathematical Experiences for Early Childhood Teachers

Furman, Cara E.;
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  • Published: 07 Dec 2017 Journal: Education and Culture, volume 33, page 67 (issn: 1085-4908, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Purdue University Press
  • Country: United States
Abstract
This paper is premised on the fact that math can be an important tool in helping people make sense of the world. Math offers a unique and particular lens, helping people to focus on a range of characteristics from shape and amount to the relationship between the general and the particular. To promote math as a tool for making sense, early childhood math instruction ought to teach it in a manner that helps children make sense of mathematical concepts. Specifically, I argue here that manipulatives are often brought into the early childhood classroom to promote “hands-on” learning without facilitating making sense. Taking a mixed-methods approach, I move between ph...
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free text keywords: Early childhood, Pedagogy, Multimethodology, Teaching method, Sociology, Mathematics instruction, Qualitative research, Experiential learning, Early childhood education, pre-service teaching, matking sense, experience, math, math methods
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publication . Article . Other literature type . 2017

Making Sense with Manipulatives: Developing Mathematical Experiences for Early Childhood Teachers

Furman, Cara E.;