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meaningful learning at Massuah

Alternative evaluation

Innovation in teaching, learning, and evaluation: meaningful learning in theory and practice at Massuah and the construction of Alternative Matriculation in conjunction with, and with stewarding by, facilitators from Massuah

Massuah Institute, responding to the challenge of Ministry of Education policy, has developed programs for meaningful learning and Alternative Matriculation at Massuah Museum. The program is evolved by school faculty in conjunction with, and with stewarding by, the Massuah team.

Massuah has created a special learning environment for teachers who are interested in developing specific curricula as part of Holocaust studies. Within the framework of Massuah’s “meaningful learning” program, students and faculty members enjoy an intensive day of study at one or more of the museum exhibitions, perform research at one of the museum exhibits, watch a film, and make the acquaintance of a Holocaust survivor on the basis of an authentic archive film clip at the museum. Additional possibilities are an intensive day-long activity, on the museum grounds, in writing a test and presenting its outcomes, an evening for school faculty and parents, and so on.

The meaningful learning activity centers on three exhibitions:

  1. The Eichmann trial-“Six Million Accusers—the State of Israel v. Adolf Eichmann”,
  2. “Destination Unknown-Postal Items from Occupied Europe”,
  3. “The Hate Industry-Antisemitism and Racism in the Past Hundred Years.”


We offer the following:

  • Stewarding and personal instruction for teaching faculty in developing school-level curricula as part of the meaningful learning segment: tracking down materials, identifying the relevance of the topic, supervising final and research projects, the possibility of producing a learning output for Alternative Evaluation, etc.
  • Personal counseling by the Massuah team, curriculum development at the content level, ways of presenting contents, choosing diverse scholastic materials, and developing an indicator for evaluation of the scholastic outcome.
  • Personal stewarding of individual students or a group of students, including counseling on choosing and focusing a theme and tracking down archive and research materials.


Alternative Evaluation proposal Possibilities at Massuah
Exposure to and practice in analyzing historical sources Archive sources: testimonies (written and videotaped), photographs, letters and postcards, propaganda films, and posters
Taking an exam at the museum Visiting exhibitions especially geared to the test questions; selecting items for analysis, etc.; the possibility of inserting a chapter as a group-level exam.
Learning activity that generates an outcome, e.g., a digest The digest, given as an example, takes up questions of value and manifestations of stances on various matters. It serves as a basis for discussion and for lesson-plan development in school homeroom / parents’ evening activity.
Research project Supervision and stewarding of a personal research project.
Presentation of outcome – a concluding evening activity as a group and personal outcome (evening for parents, teachers, students) Planning a parents’ evening activity that includes exposure to the students’ products and facilitation of joint discussion about value dilemmas and questions that accompany the educational process.
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