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Playful learning? An extreme comparison of the children’s University in Malaysia and in Australia


Shelley, B and Ooi, CS and Brown, N, Playful learning? An extreme comparison of the children's University in Malaysia and in Australia, Journal of Applied Learning & Teaching, 2, (1) pp. 16-23. ISSN 2591-801X (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.37074/jalt.2019.2.1.3


Playful learning is frequently conceived in binaries: fun/hard, child/adult, and formal/non-formal learning. The term ‘playful learning’ lacks a coherent definition. This is understandable given it is a multidisciplinary field of research. The article develops an extreme-comparative method to analyse a non-formal learning program, the Children’s University, in Malaysia and in Australia. It reveals structural differences in implementation, attitudes to playful learning, and cultural attitudes to non-formal learning. The cases draw on in-depth interviews with service providers. Finally, the article describes a ‘virtual circle’ which can be used to understand playful learning in different contexts.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, non-formal learning, playful learning, Malaysia, Bakhtin
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Comparative government and politics
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Shelley, B (Dr Becky Shelley)
UTAS Author:Ooi, CS (Professor Can Seng Ooi)
UTAS Author:Brown, N (Professor Natalie Brown)
ID Code:133541
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment
Deposited On:2019-07-01
Last Modified:2020-08-10
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