1st Edition

Object-Based Learning and Well-Being Exploring Material Connections

Edited By Thomas Kador, Helen Chatterjee Copyright 2021
    236 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    236 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Object-Based Learning and Well-Being provides the first explicit analysis of the combined learning and well-being benefits of working with material culture and curated collections.

    Following on from the widely acclaimed Engaging the Senses, this volume explicitly explores the connection between the value of material culture for both learning and well-being. Bringing together experts and practitioners from eight countries on four continents, the book analyses the significance of curated collections for structured cultural interventions that may bring both educational and well-being benefits. Topics covered include the role of material culture in relation to mental health; sensory impairments; and general student and teacher well-being. Contributors also consider how collections can be employed to positively address questions of identity and belonging relating to marginalisation, colonialism and forced displacement.

    Object-Based Learning and Well-Being should be a key first point of reference for academics and students who are engaged in the study of object-based learning, museums, heritage, health and well-being. The book will be of particular interest to practitioners working in higher education, or those working in the cultural, heritage, museums and health sectors.

    1. Introduction
    2. Helen Chatterjee and Thomas Kador

    3. Pedagogic Prescription: art and design teaching practice and object-based wellbeing
    4. Judy Willcocks

    5. Challenging the self in the museum: examining the development of professional identity and professional wellbeing for contrasting cohorts of clinical and public health students
    6. Kwang Meng Cham, Rosalind McDougall and Heather Gaunt

    7. Inclusive Memory: How to promote social inclusion, wellbeing and critical thinking skills within a museum context
    8. Antonella Poce, Maria Rosaria Re and Fulvia Strano

    9. Teaching colonial entanglements: indigenous art as a decolonising strategy
    10. Catherine Kevin and Fiona Salmon

    11. Developing Real Attachments through Virtual Means: examining relations between Cultural Belongings, Digital Connections and Community Well-being
    12. David M. Schaepe, Natasha Lyons, Kate Hennessy, Andy Phillips and Adrienne Chan

    13. Facilitating student engagement: supporting learning and wellbeing through university museum collections and spaces
    14. Thomas Kador, Linda Thomson and Helen Chatterjee

    15. Learning and Wellbeing through Objects and Collections in Art Psychotherapy
    16. Helen Jury

    17. The Happy Teacher: a Critical Exploration of the Joys of Object Based Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
    18. Cecilia Rodéhn

    19. Experiential and Object-Based Learning in Nature
    20. Ross Laird

    21. Getting to Grips with Difficult Histories in Medical Museums
    22. Manon Parry

    23. Preserved heritage: Stories and objects for mental health patients
    24. Bart DeNil and Pascal Janssens

    25. Object-Based Learning Training for Community Leaders

    Julia Court


    Thomas Kador is Senior Teaching Fellow on the Arts and Sciences (BASc) Programme at University College London, UK

    Helen Chatterjee is Professor of Biology at University College London, UK