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Creating Object-Based Learning for the Anthropocene: A Critical Reflection

Alexis-Martin, Becky (2020) Creating Object-Based Learning for the Anthropocene: A Critical Reflection. International Journal of Management and Applied Research, 7 (3). pp. 215-223. ISSN 2056-757X

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The Anthropocene is our human age. Its undeniable significance has been ascribed across disciplines from geology, to cultural studies, to fine art. Through reflective analysis, this paper explores the role and significance of creative practice, the found object, and the use of object-based adventures in teaching the Anthropocene. It also considers the role of virtual object-based learning in a digital age through a “Gallery of Late Humanity”, through the reflexive lens of a lecturer who teaches both environmental sciences and cultural geography. These methods successfully encouraged learning across and beyond the disciplinary boundaries of geography and fine art, providing creative re-imaginings, visualisations and understandings of the Anthropocene. These approaches illustrate how the quotidian materialities of home can be reconfigured as a field site for the late Anthropocene.

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