Supporting students with disabilities through concrete and virtual manipulatives
Associate Professor, Couseling, Education Psychology & Special Education, Michigan State University
The presentation will focus on research that examines how concrete and virtual manipulatives support students with disabilities across the disability spectrum and age spectrum. Specifically, the presentation will focus on research that (a) compares concrete and virtual manipulatives to support elementary students with autism spectrum disorder solve subtraction problems, (b) compares concrete and virtual manipulatives to support secondary students with learning disabilities solve algebraic equations, and (c) virtual manipulatives to help students with high incidence disabilities solve area and perimeter problems. The benefits and limitations of using both concrete and virtual manipulatives to support students with disabilities in mathematics will be discussed as well the directions for future research.
About the Speaker:
Emily C. Bouck is an Associate Professor in the Special Education Program at Michigan State University. One of her areas of research involves supporting students with disabilities access and achieve in mathematics education, with special consideration towards technology to help students with disabilities. Emily earned her doctorate in special education at Michigan State University and then worked at Purdue University for eight years before coming back to MSU in 2014.