Authentic learning and multimedia in history education

Peter Hillis

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A brief narrative description of the journal article, document, or resource. The momentum gathering behind authentic learning/critical skills raises fundamental issues concerning teaching and learning. This article discusses some of the more general arguments surrounding authentic learning with particular reference to an in-depth evaluation of its impact on schools in one part of Great Britain. It then moves on to describe how this approach to teaching and learning influenced the design of a multimedia CD-ROM examining attitudes and policies towards poverty in the nineteenth century Glasgow. The article concludes by arguing that authentic learning and multimedia together create a powerful medium for learning by mirroring the methodology and sources used by historians.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-99
Number of pages12
JournalLearning, Media and Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008


  • problem based learning
  • thinking skills
  • primary sources
  • technology integration
  • computer assisted instruction
  • instructional effectiveness
  • multimedia
  • history education
  • history
  • enquiry
  • authentic
  • learning
  • Barnhill


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