Agora 2019-1 Objects and Artefacts

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Objects and Artefacts | Agora vol. 54 no. 1 (2019)

Objects and Artefacts

Agora vol. 54 no.1 (2019)

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Reflection Dr Rosalie Triolo

Editorial Dr Katrina Burge

Reflections on the theme

Athens to Australia: The Athena Parthenos

Christopher Gribbin
An ancient Greek statue on display in Melbourne opens a window onto the splendour of ancient Athens.

Set in Stone: The Ancient Babylonian Law Code of King Hammurabi

Andrew A. Pyrcz

The black stone pillar on which Hammurabi’s laws are chiselled lay hidden and forgotten for millennia until it was rediscovered at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Treasures From the Past: Developing Critical Thinking in the Primary Classroom

Natasha Ziebell and Liz Suda

Carrying out source analysis, especially with objects, can help young students develop their understanding of historical concepts and skills.

The Power of Things: Object-Based Learning in the Classroom

Nick Frigo

The endless fascination of things has a sound pedagogical basis.

Teaching ideas

Home-Front Badges of the Great War: Empathy and Object-Based Learning

Leigh McCann

The National Archives register of medals and badges provides rich resources for researching a fascinating and disturbing aspect of Australia’s wartime experience.

Using Oral History to Engage Students

Yoel Doron

The study of oral history encourages students to identify as historians and connect with their own past.
Handout 1 - Introductory Hook
Handout 2 - Task 1: Documenting an Oral History
Handout 3 - Interviewing Techniques
Handout 4 - Task 2: AV Presentation
Handout 5 - Task 3: Reflection
Handout 6 - Scattergories
Handout 7- PowerPoint Jeopardy
Handout 8 - Backward Design Template

History Underfoot: The Uses of Metal Detectors

David Humble

Metal detectors are a novel way to engage students’ historical inquisitiveness.

The Warriors Are Coming: Teaching in the Museum Space

Katherine Rose

Goals and preparation are the key to successfully using exhibitions and excursions to enhance and enrich student learning.
Student task

Reading the Oracle Bone Inscriptions of the Shang Dynasty

Thomas Gorman

Cryptic inscriptions stimulate student engagement and deliver insights into the earliest documented Chinese dynasty.

Virtual Museums: Making Meaning of History in the Modern World

Emily Donders

Freed from restrictions of time and place, students can curate their own digital museums that instil twenty-first century skills and meet curriculum objectives.

Original research

Writing Local Aboriginal Archaeology

David Frankel

How does one go about writing a history of the distant Aboriginal past through archaeology?

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