Unpacking Manipulatives- Andrea Donovan

By Stephen Hurley

Host Stephen Hurley scans the education ecosystem, looking for the people and ideas that are starting to change the way we think about teaching, learning, schools and communities.

In this Symposium session, researchers tackle questions about the when, why, where and how of using manipulatives in the mathematics classroom. In this presentation, University of Wisconsin’s (Madison) Andrea Donovan presents her research, “Concrete Connections: Testing the Effects of Differing Instructional Methods on Children’s Ability to Connect Concrete Objects and Abstract Symbols During Math Learning”.

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Stephen Hurley
Chief Catalyst, voicEd Radio Canada

Stephen Hurley has spent nearly 40 years as an educator. He has experience as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, a teacher educator and a policy observer.

He has a strong relationship with the EdCan Network (formerly the Canadian Education Association), an organization that inspired the launch and evolution of voicEd Radio Canada.

Hurley believes that stronger connections between education research, practice and policy are essential to the type of change that will be necessary in Canada's public education systems moving forward.