Effective Teaching with Virtual Materials: Years Six and Seven Case Studies

Baturo, Annette R., Cooper, Thomas J., & Thompson, Kylie (2003) Effective Teaching with Virtual Materials: Years Six and Seven Case Studies. In Pateman, N.A., Dougherty, B.J., & Zilliox, J. (Eds.) 2003 Joint Meeting of PME and PME-NA, 2003, Honolulu, Hawaii.


This paper describes an approach to mathematics teaching and learning using teacher-constructed 'virtual' materials. In this approach, virtual copies of real materials are manipulated with mouse movements to replicate the traditional physical manipulation of real materials. The paper reports on three case studies where the approach was used to teach different mathematics topics (e.g., equivalent fractions and decimal fraction scales) to a Year 6-7 and a Year 7 class. It describes and analyses the virtual materials in relation to how they relate to prior teaching with physical and pictorial materials. It speculates on the strengths and weaknesses of the approach, and the effect differences between physical and mouse manipulations have on learning.

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ID Code: 15746
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Computer assisted teaching, courseware, educational resources, mathematics teaching, teacher developed materials, teaching effectiveness, teaching methods, virtual materials, case studies, Year 6, Year 7
ISSN: 0771-100X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 (The authors)
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:00

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