Geometric Skills: From Hands-On Manipulatives to the LOGO Turtle’s Path
Estella P. De Los Santos, Barba Patton, University of Houston-Victoria, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-33-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
There is much evidence to support the fact that manipulatives create a visual representation as well as provide a tactile (hands-on) approach to many geometric situations. De Los Santos and Patton believe that while computers create a visual representation, the tactile (hands-on) approach is missing. They conjecture that, in order for children to be the most successful, tactile (hands-on) activities using manipulatives must be included in the lessons and precede any LOGO activities. The study in progress follows a post-test only experimental design. The control group receives LOGO instruction while the experimental group receives instruction using manipulatives prior to the LOGO instruction. The post-test will measure the ability to construct interior and exterior angles and given polygons.
Santos, E.P.D.L. & Patton, B. (1999). Geometric Skills: From Hands-On Manipulatives to the LOGO Turtle’s Path. In J. Price, J. Willis, D. Willis, M. Jost & S. Boger-Mehall (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 1999--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 986-991). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).