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The Influence of Choice in Manipulatives on Second Grade Students' Attitudes, Achievement, and Explanations of Two-Digit Addition Concepts

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2012
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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.
Title: The Influence of Choice in Manipulatives on Second Grade Students' Attitudes, Achievement, and Explanations of Two-Digit Addition Concepts.
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Name(s): Siegel, Aryn, Author
Andreasen, Janet, Committee Chair
Dieker, Lisa, Committee Member
Dixon, Juli, Committee Member
, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2012
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: 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.
Identifier: CFE0004267 (IID), ucf:49540 (fedora)
Note(s): 2012-05-01
M.Ed.
Education, Teaching, Learning and Leadership
Masters
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Subject(s): manipulatives -- mathematics -- second grade -- attitudes -- achievement -- explanations -- two-digit addition
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0004267
Restrictions on Access: public 2012-05-15
Host Institution: UCF

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