On Day Two of the Pilot study of the Teacher-Researchers Project, Dr. Amanda Burritt, a historian and literacy educator led a discussion about object-based learning.
The conversation included how affect circulates with objects, the symbolic meaning of objects, and how objects can be used to help create an understanding of context when analysing texts as well as help foster dialogic teaching.
Dr. Burritt highlighted how provenance and social capital are related to the circulation and interpretation of historical objects and how educators should be purposeful in their intent to bring an object into a pedagogical setting.
The teacher-researchers discussed their own use of objects in teaching secondary English to introduce texts and foster literal, referential, and evaluative analysis.
Critical conversations surrounding the fetisiation of objects, identity, culture, and power also took place in this session.