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ERIC Number: EJ1202960
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
Object-Based Learning, or Learning from Objects in the Anthropology Museum
Schultz, Lainie
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v40 n4 p282-304 2018
The need for and impact of Object Based Learning (OBL) takes on particular relevance in institutions such as anthropology museums. Although museums in general have moved in the last several decades toward a renewed focus on their social impacts, anthropology museums in particular have needed to grapple with their own histories and the kinds of knowledge they have supported, most especially as they have affected Indigenous communities. With this, anthropology museums require methods of communicating alternate stories that challenge the ones that have been told so often previously. If OBL can help students locate themselves in their own processes of learning, attuning them to the ways in which knowledge is constructed and disseminated, it can help them not only to delineate their own frameworks of thought but also to discern interpretations from other perspectives. Such object-based learning in the museum classroom thus offers the opportunity of reforming meaning-making there, taking on an important role in dismantling the authority that museums have claimed for themselves in collecting, interpreting, and representing Indigenous cultural materials. In this article, the author shares his views on OBL.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts