Academic achievement; Addition; Choice (Psychology); Explanation; Manipulatives (Education); Mathematics, Elementary; School children Attitudes; Second grade
The purpose of this study was to improve my teaching practice, as well as my second grade students' success with two-digit addition concepts, by allowing them to choose the manipulative tools to explore problems and justify solutions. I examined how allowing my students this choice influenced their attitudes, achievement, and explanations of their thought processes. I found that allowing students to choose their own manipulatives had positive influences in all three areas. Pre- and post-test results showed an overall shift toward more positive mathematics attitudes, as well as increased academic achievement with two-digit addition concepts. Students also demonstrated changes in the ways they used the manipulatives, as well as how they explained their solutions to two-digit addition problems.
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
College of Education and Human Performance
Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
K-8 Mathematics and Science Education
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Dissertations, Academic -- Education;Education -- Dissertations, Academic
Siegel, Aryn, "The Influence of Choice in Manipulatives on Second Grade Students' Attitudes, Achievement, and Explanations of Two-Digit Addition Concepts" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4680.