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‘Plastic Fantastic?: The power of the use of plastic in object-based learning in higher education’ at AdvanceHE annual conference,

Conference – Published 2nd Jul 19

This paper examined the value of the use of plastic objects in object-based learning (OBL) in higher education. It considered how, for example, a pair of 19th Century horn scissors, a 1930s shellac record and contemporary plastic disposable cutlery, can engage and perplex learners and provide potent tools for learning and teaching. It considered how PGCE students can explore and use plastic objects as a catalyst to develop innovative teaching ideas. The presentation considered how the objects’ plastics properties, qualities and associations can intrigue and arrest learners’ attention and can promote and provoke important debate and contemplation as students consider, evaluate and re-evaluate attitudes regarding plastic… and learning and teaching.

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