#PS-04-09 Exploring Play: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life
About CourseThe University of Sheffield
This course from the School of Education at the University of Sheffield will encourage you to think differently about play.
We’ll discuss definitions of play and current debates about how the nature of play changes. Does play help us to learn? Can it prepare young people to be successful in the adult world? Are all forms of play good for us?
- The history and diversity of play.
- Definitions and rhetorics of play.
- Play across lifespan, cultures and contexts.
- Play in outdoor and indoor environments.
- Emotion, gender and play.
- Trauma and play.
- Disability and play.
- Teenagers, adults and play.
- Intergenerational play.
- Modern technology and play.
- The relationship between virtual play and the outside world.
- Play, curiosity, creativity and innovation.
What Will I Learn?
- Describe Brian Sutton-Smith’s seven rhetorics of play.
- Explore the history of toys and games.
- Identify continuity and change in play across centuries.
- Compare play activities across cultures.
- Debate the impact of modern technology on play.
- Investigate where children and teenagers play in your neighborhood.
- Discuss the provision and exclusion of play spaces in society.
- Explore the role of emotion and gender in children’s play.
- Evaluate the role of play during times of illness, trauma or accident.
- Investigate types of play in virtual worlds.
- Summarise the experiences of activists, practitioners and parents in relation to disability and play.
- Demonstrate an understanding of serious play through playful missions.
- Reflect on the relationship between play, creativity and innovation in the workplace.
Topics for this course
Welcome to the course
Welcome to Exploring Play: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life00:03:10
How to use required reading, optional further reading and references
Your play life, then and now
Definitions of play
Definitions of play00:04:42
The importance of play
Your definitions of play
The rhetorics of play
Play across the lifespan
Play across lifespan, cultures and context
Play across cultures
Play and culture
Play as a universal right of childhood
Globalisation, localisation and play
Additional activity: the power of play
Additional activity: different ways of classifying play
This course will help us analyze the definition and history of games, and how to use games to solve the generation gap between two generations. Not only teachers, but also parents should be recommended to learn.
In this era, teenagers are fond of games, while parents deny all games. In fact, games can make children play and arouse their curiosity, creativity and innovation. So we should rationally guide children to play games. This course is worth learning for parents.
In this course we discuss the definition of games and the current debate about how the nature of games is changing. Games can help us learn. They can help young people succeed in the adult world. But not all forms of play are good for us.
Professor Jackie Marsh has done a wonderful job in her lectures. I like the way she gives her lectures. They are straightforward and easy to understand.