Agora (2019/Issue 1) – Objects and Artefacts

Agora is a journal of curated professional reading for history teachers. This digital download covers a broad range of articles about object-based learning.

Please note that full-colour, print copies of Agora are available by annual subscription.


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Reflection | Rosalie Triolo
Editorial | Katrina Burge


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.


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.

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.

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.


Writing Local Aboriginal Archaeology | David Frankel
How does one go about writing a history of the distant Aboriginal past through archaeology?