Let's talk about 'purposeful play'.
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- all i was trying to prove was that not all play leads to learning which I think is illustrated in the example i gave. i would agree that a game (or game developer) would need to be inventive to increase/maintain engagement. But that wasn't the point of the example. Again, I refer to the concept of Play Ethos.
At the heart of this, I still don't understand the relationship or differences between play and 'purposeful play', and I don't think anyone (unless I missed it) has given a solid definition of the latter. I still would agree with that the latter term has been politicized to legitimize play as learning or as achieving outcomes. I am a bit weary of that framework as I think that spontaneity in play is key to it being play.
So, can any explain exactly what 'purposeful play' means?Nov 22, 2011
- I love that intro - that's really great! You'll be doing my next intro! :-)
OK, but help me understand this. How is that play vs. drawing vs. creating vs. art ... etc? Why would you call that play first, and not something else? Would any form of creativity be play then? If so, why would we call it play? I'm confused by the nuances between play, purposeful play, discovery, creativity, etc.
And I guess, if we call all of THAT play, what don't we call play? And I still think the idea of having a purpose decays the very definition of play.Nov 23, 2011
- I just posted on my blog about play, and then found this stream. I wonder if an important element is whether the purpose of the activity is 'high stakes', or 'low stakes'? Sometimes spending time on play is a risk, and this is problematic if you are coming to the activity with a 'purpose'.
My feeling is that play has to be low-stakes. But maybe it even has to be 'NO-stakes'. Perhaps that is the different between play, and a game?Nov 29, 2011
- Nov 29, 2011
- thanks for the post - love it. I think you've hit some of my key concerns about the term 'purposeful' play as I've written above and in the original Twitter conversation. Great post.Nov 29, 2011
- late reply, but...I don't think it's helpful to come from a position that 'everything results in learning'. Sometimes people are just practicing things they have already 'learned'. I think a transformation of some kind has to take place, and not all play does this. Which is A-OK with me, because when we seek to make every experience we have 'transformative', it can be very exhausting indeed...Nov 30, 2011