Play as a technique for history in Higher Education

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Abstract

This paper will explore the use of ‘play’ and ‘playfulness’ as a technique in teaching, learning and assessment of undergraduate History, drawing on the author’s own, and others’, experience. The focus will be on low tech and no tech approaches particularly focused on the use of Lego. Play can reduce anxiety thus allowing students to avoid being frozen by the fear of getting things wrong, while also developing abstraction, conceptualisation and planning skills. It enables students to understand the motivations or constraints of historical actors, or the implicit rules of genre in primary sources. Playful activities and assessments encourage engagement and allow students to bring their creativity and imagination to bear on their own learning. While playful approaches may be criticised as insufficiently serious (for an intellectually demanding discipline such as History), they can facilitate a deeper learning than some more conventional teaching and assessment because pleasurable activities are likely to be engaged in for longer and with greater attention.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistoria Ludens
Subtitle of host publicationThe Playing Historian
EditorsAlexander von Lünen, Katherine J. Lewis, Benjamin Litherland, Pat Cullum
Place of PublicationNew York & Abingdon
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Chapter6
Number of pages13
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9780429345616
ISBN (Print)9780367363864
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge Approaches to History
PublisherRoutledge

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Cullum, P. (2019). Play as a technique for history in Higher Education. In A. von Lünen, K. J. Lewis, B. Litherland, & P. Cullum (Eds.), Historia Ludens: The Playing Historian (1 ed.). (Routledge Approaches to History). New York & Abingdon: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429345616-6
Cullum, Pat. / Play as a technique for history in Higher Education. Historia Ludens: The Playing Historian. editor / Alexander von Lünen ; Katherine J. Lewis ; Benjamin Litherland ; Pat Cullum. 1. ed. New York & Abingdon : Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2019. (Routledge Approaches to History).
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Cullum, P 2019, Play as a technique for history in Higher Education. in A von Lünen, KJ Lewis, B Litherland & P Cullum (eds), Historia Ludens: The Playing Historian. 1 edn, Routledge Approaches to History, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, New York & Abingdon. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429345616-6

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Cullum P. Play as a technique for history in Higher Education. In von Lünen A, Lewis KJ, Litherland B, Cullum P, editors, Historia Ludens: The Playing Historian. 1 ed. New York & Abingdon: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 2019. (Routledge Approaches to History). https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429345616-6