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12 - Multimedia Learning: GuidingVisuospatial Thinking with Instructional Animation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 June 2012

Akira Miyake
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University of Toronto
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Visuospatial thinking occurs when someone forms a mental image and manipulates it in a principled manner. Multimedia presentations – messages consisting of words and pictures – can be designed to prime appropriate visuospatial thinking during learning, which in turn leads to deeper understanding. This chapter examines the theoretical and empirical support for this assertion by describing a cognitive theory of multimedia learning, reviewing the history of attempts to use technology to support visuospatial thinking, summarizing research on eight design principles for fostering visuospatial thinking in multimedia learning, and briefly examining exemplary projects aimed at fostering visuospatial thinking in educational contexts.

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2005

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