The effect of physical manipulation on children's numerical strategies: evaluating the potential for tangible technology
Manches, A.D. (2010) The effect of physical manipulation on children's numerical strategies: evaluating the potential for tangible technology. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
Despite their prevalence in early years’ education, there seems to be a lack of agreement over how or indeed whether physical objects support children's learning. Understanding the role of physically manipulating representations has gained impetus with the increasing potential to integrate digital technology into physical objects: tangible technology. This thesis aimed to evaluate the potential for tangible technologies to support numerical development by examining young children’s (4-8 years) use of physical objects in a numerical task. This task required them to find all the different ways in which a number (e.g., 7) can be decomposed (e.g., into 2 & 5).
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