USING VIRTUAL MANIPULATIVES TO SUPPORT STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES IN MATHEMATICS: A REVIEW OF LITERATURE
Keywords:Teaching Math, Special Education, Students With Disabilities, Virtual Manipulatives, Single Case Research Methods
The development of technology and changes in the understanding of education have increased the use and importance of virtual manipulatives in teaching mathematical concepts and skills to students with special needs. The aim of this research is to examine studies in which virtual manipulatives are used in teaching mathematics to students with special needs. For this purpose, the literature was searched and 16 studies meeting the criteria were included in the study. These studies were evaluated in terms of the year and journal were published, participants, application/intervention, mathematics subjects and methodological features. The data obtained as a result of these evaluations were analyzed with descriptive analysis, and the findings were interpreted by giving graphics and tables. When the graphics and tables were examined, it was seen that the virtual manipulative studies in special education were mostly published in the journals indexed in the "Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)" in 2020. Participants of these studies consist of three male students with learning disabilities, mostly between the ages of 13-15. Single case research methods were used in these studies. Additionally, it has been observed in the studies that are examined the effectiveness of virtual manipulatives or is compared the effectiveness of virtual and concrete manipulatives. For future research; It is recommended to analyze studies published in different languages and include other research methods.
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