The Use of Concrete Manipulatives in Online Mathematics Methods Courses
Wednesday, October 23 10:20-10:40 AM
Presider:Popat Tambade, Prof. Ramkrishna More College, Akurdi, India
The use of concrete manipulatives to help students learn mathematics has become accepted practice. Aspiring and current mathematics teachers at both the elementary and secondary levels take courses in which they learn to use such manipulatives in their classrooms. However, online courses for current and aspiring teachers, both synchronous and asynchronous, pose potential challenges when it comes to learning about the use of hands-on manipulatives. Teacher educators are currently taking a variety of approaches to such challenges. As part of a current research project, I interviewed teacher educators currently teaching courses and coursework online which include manipulatives. This pilot study uncovered their approaches and concerns. Findings, including techniques that have proven effective for participants’ classes, are presented.