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This paper is a review of available studies and literature publi5hed over the past ten years. Its purpose is to suggest the need to use the microcomputer CAI in story problem solving in the elementary school. The literature was reviewed on 1: the cost effectiveness of ii CAI and microcomputers, 2: the need for an instructional format which makes individualization a feasible teaching technique for most teachers in solving story problems, 3: the need for computer literacy as a goal of our educational system, and 4: the effectiveness of CAI in elementary reading, mathematics drill-and-practice, and story problem solving. A study of the literature reveals that CAI is an effective teaching tool. There is need for more individualization when teaching story problem solving because of the individual differences not only in rates of learning, but in approaches to problem solving. Computer literacy is becoming more and more important as society becomes more and more dependent on the computer in everyday life. The review finally states that, because of the relative success of CAI, its ability to adjust to individual needs, the similarity between the computer and the microcomputer, and the cost-efficiency of CAI and the microcomputer, the combination of the microcomputer and CAI is a feasible answer to these challenges.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Roger A. Kueter


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