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The Power of Play in Higher Education

Creativity in Tertiary Learning

Editors: James, Alison, Nerantzi, Chrissi (Eds.)

  • Demonstrates how play can be used to improve the university experience
  • Argues that play is not just critical for early years education, but throughout the educational lifespan
  • Illuminates new ways of overcoming challenges and liberating thought using play
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  • Due: March 31, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-319-95780-7
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Hardcover $149.99
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  • Due: March 3, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-319-95779-1
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About this book

This book examines the increasing popularity of creativity and play in tertiary learning, and how it can be harnessed to enhance the student experience at university. While play is often misunderstood as something ‘trivial’ and associated with early years education, the editors and contributors argue that play contributes to social and human development and relations at a fundamental level. This volume invalidates the commonly held assumption that play is only for children, drawing together numerous case studies from higher education that demonstrate how researchers, students and managers can benefit from play as a means of liberating thought, overturning obstacles and discovering fresh approaches to persistent challenges. This diverse and wide-ranging edited collection unites play theory and practice to address the gulf in research on this fascinating topic. It will be of interest and value to educators, students and scholars of play and creativity, as well as practitioners and academic leaders looking to incorporate play into the curriculum. 

About the authors

Alison James is a National Teaching Fellow and Professor of Learning and Teaching at the University of Winchester, UK.
Chrissi Nerantzi is a National Teaching Fellow and Principal Lecturer in the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Reviews

“This book is a unique and timely contribution to the field of play and learning in Higher Education. It presents voices from practitioners across the sector demonstrating the extensive scope and scale of engagement with playful forms of learning. Through a series of in-depth case studies and vignettes of playful practice, this book inspires and convinces. It is packed full of examples and ideas, bringing together theory with experiences from the field. A must for creative educators everywhere!” (Professor Nicola Whitton, Durham University, UK)

“The importance of play as an ecology for learning and discovery is often overlooked in tertiary education so these author/editors are to be congratulated for bringing together such a diverse and valuable set of pedagogical narratives about how play is being used to encourage learning and creativity in higher education. This is a ‘must read’ book for tertiary educators who are interested in and who care about the creative development of learners and themselves.” (Professor Norman Jackson, University of Surrey, UK)

“Academics are a justifiably sceptical lot and love to privilege logical and analytical thinking. To get us out of our routinized ways of creating meaning, assigning merit and judging worth we need to draw senses and powers other than purely rational cognition. Play galvanizes creativity, inspires action and triggers different ways of building knowledge. It's also an insurrectionary force that challenges bureaucratized and silo-ed thinking and practice. In this visionary book packed with wonderful vignettes, exercises, techniques and suggestions you will find ways to rethink and broaden your teaching and academic practice.  Product warning: this book changes lives.” (Professor Stephen Brookfield, University of St Thomas, USA)

 

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA (gross)
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: March 31, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-319-95780-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: March 3, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-319-95779-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Power of Play in Higher Education
Book Subtitle
Creativity in Tertiary Learning
Editors
  • Alison James
  • Chrissi Nerantzi
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-95780-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-95780-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-95779-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
LIV, 337
Number of Illustrations
13 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
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