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Spring 2021


This literature review synthesizes research on how the use of manipulatives in math class benefit the learner. The problem is that the students are not always given the opportunity to explore and learn through the use of math manipulatives in order to gain a strong foundation and understanding of mathematical concepts. The purpose of this literature review is to explore the benefits of using manipulatives in the classroom and the impact it has on student achievement levels. The literature review is made up of research studies published within the last 10 years and explores the different types of manipulatives, levels of student engagement while using manipulatives, the impact of manipulatives on student achievement, and the cost of the manipulatives. Published research findings included in this study revealed strong evidence that manipulatives are beneficial for the classroom when the learners uses them for the standards that are being taught.