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Playworlds as Transformative Learning Process
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, School Based Research, Preschool Education Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9547-2892
2013 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Playworlds can be described as a combination of adult forms of creative imagination (such as the dramatic arts), which require extensive experience, with children's forms of creative imagination (such as play), which require the incarnation of ideas and emotions in the material world.  The playworlds we study are activities in which pre-school teachers work with their students, and with researchers and/or actors and other artists, to bring a work of children's literature "to life" in a classroom.  The children become more active participants as the project progresses until, using sets, props and both scripted and improvisational acting, they resolve the conflict presented in the original text through their own initiatives and using their own resources.

We will discuss previous studies that use the concept of perezhivanie, or lived-through experience, to show the transformative development that playworlds create and encompass.  We will also discuss a current  research project in which we are studying the intersection that playworlds shares with a transformative learning process called exploratory learning and pedagogy of listening.  For instance, in both playworlds and in this transformative learning process children's exploration of the world is based on their own interests and questions. And both activities hold that children develop hypotheses about the world that should be considered to be as possible as those of adults.  This learning process is described as being creative and circular rather than linear, pre-determined and goal-related:  It is called a ritzomatic process and it is perhaps best described as a "spaghetti mess" (Loriz Malaguzzi).

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2013.
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-23276OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-23276DiVA: diva2:691104
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8th IDEA World Congress: From one world to another: arts education for tomorrow, Paris July, 8th-13th 2013
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