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Laborativt material som konkretiseringsverktyg: Lärares kunskaper om och erfarenheter av laborativt material som arbetssätt
Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to find out teachers view on manipulatives as a way to concretize a certain mathematical content and to highlight knowledge and experiences within the range of using manipulatives to concretize. By answering the questions below different approaches a teacher may have towards the manipulatives and how that may impact on student’s learning will also be discussed in comparison to mainly traditional and socially constructive theories of learning.

  1. What is the teachers view on manipulatives as a way to concretize?
  2. What purpose do they have when using manipulatives?
  3. According to the teachers, what does it mean to concretize a certain mathematical content?
  4. According to the teachers, what connection is there between manipulatives and concretizing?

Through interviews and observations conclusions can be made that the teachers are in general positive towards using manipulatives as a way to concretize a certain mathematical content although the definition of what a manipulative is differ somewhat between the teachers. The teachers working with manipulatives do it in a well thought out fashion but more research is needed to furthermore define the purpose of using manipulatives. Few countries spend so much time concretizing and working with manipulatives as Sweden do, but still Sweden score below the OECD-average on the mathematical PISA-tests. You make ask yourself if this then is the right way to go to enhance student’s mathematical knowledge.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 33 p.
Keyword [en]
Manipulatives, concretization, social constructivism, purpose
Keyword [sv]
Laborativt material, konkretisering, socialkonstruktivism, syfte
National Category
Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-27789OAI: diva2:823531
Subject / course
Education Studies
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2015-06-18 Created: 2015-06-18 Last updated: 2015-11-23Bibliographically approved

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