Harnessing authentic learning and multimedia in history education

Peter Hillis, Drew Calderhead

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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
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventInternational Society for Technology in Education - Washington DC
Duration: 1 Jun 2009 → …


ConferenceInternational Society for Technology in Education
CityWashington DC
Period1/06/09 → …


  • history
  • enquiry
  • authentic
  • learning
  • multimedia
  • Barnhill
  • Scottish education
  • Scottish history

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