Keywords

Internet in education, Manipulatives (Education), Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Elementary -- Computer assisted instruction, Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Elementary), Place value (Mathematics), Second grade (Education)

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine my own practice of teaching place value and the influence virtual manipulatives had, in addition to physical manipulatives, on place value understanding of my second grade students. I wanted to see how adding a base-ten computer applet might better meet the needs of all learners while also meeting the needs of today’s technological classroom. Through this study, I found that both physical and virtual manipulatives helped students acquire place value concepts. I found that virtual manipulatives had features that engaged students in a way that increased their mathematical language, increased students’ ability to represent more conceptual understanding of composing and decomposing numbers, and express enthusiasm towards mathematics. A pretest and posttest revealed that students’ academic performance increased. While research on virtual manipulatives and mathematical achievement is fairly recent, this study offers insight to other classroom teachers and the research community.

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Graduation Date

2011

Semester

Spring

Advisor

Dixon, Juli K.

Degree

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

College

College of Education

Department

Teaching and Learning Principles

Degree Program

K-8 Math and Science

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0003763

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0003763

Language

English

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Subjects

Dissertations, Academic -- Education, Education -- Dissertations, Academic

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