Why play matters in a world of REF, TEF and What the Jeff

Alison James

Abstract


This article explores the unease that surrounds the notion of play in higher education and challenges this with the example of a university wide play and creativity festival. The author argues that in a time of educational change, tension and uncertainty play is  essential in community building, shifting perspectives, generating new ideas and strengthening relationships.

Keywords


play; creativity; higher education; social theories of learning; community

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21100/compass.v10i3.616

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