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Backgrounof Development

Since there was a lack of good math programs that have both manipulatives and workbooks in Korea, it was quite difficult for children to develop creative thinking and logical reasoning thinking skills. As we value the importance of manipulatives, we needed systematic and fun manipulatives at the  same time which make the class more interesting. 

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1. Process

 Planning & Development: 2008.6 ~ 2011.8.15

 Developer & Author: Mathtian Research Center (Director : Jin-heui Moon)

2. Objectives

 - Program reflects the need of the leadership of teachers (Teaching is not just simply delivering knowledge.)

 - Trial and error is a fundamental method of problem–solving & creative thinking.

 - Program makes the teachers and students communicate with each other.

 - Children can fully understand fundamental principles not only for problem-solving.

3. Characteristics

 - Great math program for children with systematic manipulatives, workbooks, and learning videos.

 - Hands-on Activity + Creativity

 - PlayFACTO Teacher Training

The Use of Manipulatives in Mathematics Education

Jean Piaget (1896-1980)

 

According to Piaget, most elementary school students revert to the period of concrete manipulations, and because students in this  period of time have difficulties understanding abstract concepts by themselves, tools for concrete manipulations are necessary.

NCTM (2000), which has been a great influence on the trend of mathematics education, and NCTM Initiative (2010) recommend the use of concrete manipulatives in the mathematics education of infants and  elementary school students before teaching abstract mathematical concepts.