Call for Papers – Objectively Speaking – the value and practice of object based teaching

British Museum will be hosting a free conference and debate on Monday 4 April 2016

Objects can act as a gateway to learning, by developing skills of observation and questioning, as well as by making complex ideas relatable whilst enabling emotional connections. But what ‘added value’ does object based learning bring? What are the current approaches, and how is it being evidenced?  How and why should Museums place objects at the centre of their teaching offer? How can they achieve and enable learning both within and outside the walls of the museum, and within schools and centres for Higher Education.
With the support of the Vivmar Foundation, the Objectively Speaking conference will recognise the expertise and experience of museum professionals and educators across the UK and will seek to open up the debate on object based teaching by providing a platform to share best practice and explore shared challenges.

British Museum’s national programme approach to developing the conference is open to all suggestions, presentations, workshops and discussions.
Shaped by contributions from across the UK, the conference will be free to museum professionals and educators across the UK (booking information to open and be circulated in early 2016)

The following themes have been identified to explore in proposals:
1. How can museums connect collections with classroom and academic teaching?
2. How can objects facilitate creative teaching practice?
3. What is the impact and opportunity of digital technology for object based teaching?

Programme contributors will have their travel costs covered.

Deadline for proposals is midday Friday 15 January 2016, to submit proposals, or for any other enquires please contact Katy Swift, National Programmes Co-ordinator- UK Partnerships

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