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ERIC Number: EJ1058737
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1541-5015
The Effects of Multimedia-Supported Problem-Based Inquiry on Student Engagement, Empathy, and Assumptions about History
Brush, Thomas; Saye, John
Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, v2 n1 p21-56 2008
This research extends a continuing line of inquiry investigating how multimedia resources might be joined with other support structures to effectively implement problem-based inquiry (PBI) activities in secondary history classrooms. Two history teachers with experience in PBI implemented a technology-supported problem-based civil rights unit in their classrooms. Analysis of data obtained from classroom observations, observations of student presentations, and student and teacher interviews suggests that the multimedia problem-based unit provided an authentic context for encountering historical content, provoked empathetic views of historical dilemmas, and encouraged meaningful encounters with historical issues that promoted engagement and more advanced epistemological beliefs about history. Suggestions for improving scaffolds to support problem-based history activities are also presented based on the findings from this study.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools; Grade 11
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: ED-22175-02