The instructional design of CAI for problem solving in mathematics
In a review of research involving mathematical problem solving and computer programming, McCoy  identified five skills that are critical for success in problem solving in both mathematics and computer programming. The skill areas are general strategy, planning, logical thinking, variables, and debugging. This article describes the features of a mathematical problem solving CAI program for primary school students. The design of the software focuses on learner control and is developed by an interdisciplinary team. The learner chooses the general strategy for solving the problem which the program presents. Learners can give the responses by using both the mouse and keyboard. Also, learners have the opportunity to reach the tutorial part when they need it. They can take notes, save them for further work and share them. If the learners attain the skill(s) then they can move to another problem. In case, however, learners don’t attain the skill(s), a new version of the problem area is presented.
Keywordscomputer-assisted instruction computer-based learning implemented models instructional control instructional design mathematics problem solving
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