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Case study: the effectiveness of virtual manipulatives in the teaching of primary mathematics

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dc.contributor.advisor Hancock, Gerry
dc.contributor.author Lane, Catriona
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-03T16:20:34Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-03T16:20:34Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/450
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This case study aimed to examine how effective virtual manipulatives are in the teaching of primary mathematics. Concrete manipulatives are an expensive investment for primary schools and as a result there is often not enough manipulatives for all pupils to use. Virtual manipulatives can be obtained free of charge once a pupil has access to a computer that has an internet connection. This case study involved dividing a third class group into three groups; each group used a different form or combination of mathematical manipulative. One group used virtual manipulatives, one group used concrete manipulatives and one group used a combination of concrete and virtual manipulatives. Qualitative and quantitative data collection tools where used to elicit the effectiveness of each tool. Areas such as mathematical dialogue, motivation and the learning benefits for low achievers where also examined. The case study found that pupils using both virtual manipulatives and concrete manipulative had the greatest increase in test results. Due to the lack of funding in primary schools, combining the use of virtual manipulatives and concrete manipulatives could solve teachers’ problems surrounding the lack of concrete manipulatives, as well as benefiting learners. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick, Department of Education and Professional Studies en_US
dc.subject primary school en_US
dc.subject mathematics en_US
dc.subject education en_US
dc.subject ICT en_US
dc.title Case study: the effectiveness of virtual manipulatives in the teaching of primary mathematics en_US
dc.type Master thesis (Taught) en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.type.restriction none en

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