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Exploring Play: the Importance of Play in Everyday Life

The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn

32 Reviews 1743 students interested
Found in Psychology
  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Finished
  • Language English
  • Certificate $94 Certificate Available
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  • Duration 7 weeks long
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This course from the School of Education at the University of Sheffield will encourage you to think differently about play.

We’ll discuss definitions of play and current debates about how the nature of play changes. Does play help us to learn? Can it prepare young people to be successful in the adult world? Are all forms of play good for us?

Play is a fundamental part of innovation and creativity across a whole range of subjects, careers, disciplines and industries, from fashion and engineering to teaching and business.

This course will be of interest to you if you wish to work or study in the fields of psychology, playwork, childhood studies, play therapy, hospital play, teaching, childcare, or if you just want to better understand your relationship with the children in your life and your own play.

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Elizabeth wood

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4.9 Based on 32 reviews

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Easter S
5.0 a year ago
Easter completed this course.
I enjoyed, I wish I could do it a bit quicker and involved more to make comments. I found disturbing to promote technology as a good and helpful thing but I accept the explanation and changed my mind about it. I felt a bit sad about the final test, you can do it only if you upgrade. It's fine, I understand, end of the day is a business and a good try to make money. I am not blame you. Thank you for the opportunity, all the useful information and the extra reading suggestions. It was a pleasure to be part of this course.
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Anonymous
5.0 9 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course covers a broad range of topics and shows how play is integral to our personal development. It also shows how it is affected by factors such as urban design, access to facilities, the application of new technology, disability and the concept of universal design. The course presenters are experts in their fields and are able to convey complex ideas with clarity. This is a course which makes you think and challenges some of your pre-conceptions about play and its role in our lives and societies.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This was a really exciting, stimulating and interesting course. It covered such a lot; play for young children,play for young people, play for people with disabilities and also play for adults. There was also information about play online which I had never considered. Also the information about play for adults talked about how organisations have introduced creative play to help the mental and physical well-being of the staff and also to help them be more creative if their work. Thank you so much to all those who contributed; both staff and other learners. Mary Stirling
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Anonymous
5.0 3 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Fantastic course. I am mother to one teenager with autism and another who is typically developing and I have learned a lot about why they play like they do, and has helped me to see it's importance. I initially took this course as I run a lunchtime play club in my school where I work in the inclusion team. The club is for children with challenging behaviour who need support to play, and it has been invaluable for this too, with lots of great resources. Thank you.
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Anonymous
4.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I enjoyed looking back and discussing what we all played with, and because we all come from different back grounds, different ages and even different countries made it all the more interesting.Made me think about how people play with disabilities, the prejudice that still exist, How I could change play or introduce play where I work.

I think anyone taking part in this course will be surprised at what they learn. Play is not just for children.

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Anonymous
5.0 9 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Thought-provoking, informative, challenging...and fun!

Really well presented, with lots of supporting research, without ever feeling like a lecture series.

Helped by the engagement of fellow learners, all clearly inspired by the course content to share their own experiences.

The FutureLearn platform worked well. I accessed via an iPad, and everything ran smoothly (not always the case for all MOOC platforms, in my experience).
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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
What a wonderfully designed, well thought through, engaging, and comprehensive course! Thank you for putting together and presenting such an informative and fun topic. Having studied play development in young children, I thought I knew a lot about play. Yet, this course opened my eyes to many more aspects of play and many more ways that play can enhance our everyday lives. And, most of all, the importance of play!
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Mariam S
5.0 4 months ago
Mariam completed this course.
This course is excellent chance to explore play throughout life. It is not only about exploring play, but ourselves. It opens the secret doors of different thinking which is incomparably useful and meaningful. The course's lecturers are wonderful and amazing persons. I love them!

Also it is noteworthy that this course suggests very interesting, diverse reading materials.

Thanks a lot for this course!
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Anonymous
4.0 a year ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Enjoyed most of the course it seemed to be slow starting off but as the course evolved got better but this also maybe due to my maturity, understood play where there was less fear of being out and playing outdoors, which has been highly curtailed which I feel a disadvantage ,but this is where society is at this time. Understand technology can be a good thing in the field of rehabilitation and has good uses .
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Rachel K
5.0 5 months ago
Rachel completed this course.
I have been really engaged in this course and found it so interesting to learn about play from so many different aspects, and join in discussions.

I have many years of experience with children and young people, with and without disabilities playing, including some on-line gaming, but never realised how helpful virtual worlds could be, especially for the lady with Parkinson's.
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Anonymous
5.0 11 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course was excellently and excitingly presented, with a wide scope but never losing sight of the main topic. The materials were well paced and organised and imaginatively presented. I particularly enjoyed being taken into a virtual-reality environment for a taste of learning in a virtual domain. Great fun without compromising solid learning - the best of play!
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Anonymous
5.0 8 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I enjoyed the course immensely! I needed it to broaden my mind and get new ideas for the current job and it turned out to be the right anount of challenge and great sourse of information! I’ve learned so many view on play and have come to open my mind to new ideas! The team was great too! I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in the topic!
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Mrs A
5.0 a year ago
Mrs completed this course.
I completed the course and took the test at the end. I felt that it has widened my perspectives on the nature of play and given me a better understanding of the need for disabled children to have access to playgrounds and the outside environment. I really enjoyed researching my favourite toy from my own childhood as it brought back lovely memories. Super !
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Helen B
5.0 a year ago
Helen completed this course.
This is a brilliant course. Anyone with any interest in play and the values it adds to life should try it.

I left this course not only better informed and more up-to date on what is happening in this area of life and study but with a sense of hope and enthusiasm derived from some of the interactions and developments in the topic.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
This course gave me an overview of play, past and present explorations. I enjoyed the sections in particular that involved thinking about adult and inter generational play. Also the emphasis on the outdoors and how we can learn from children and disabled people about keeping our senses and emotions alive!
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Louise L
5.0 3 months ago
Louise completed this course.
I have thoroughly enjoyed completing this course! I have a lot of experience regarding many of the points raised, but this did in no way make me feel there was nothing to learn. Thank you for a very interesting and insightful course. I hope that many more learners will benefit from it in the future.
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Ayot A
5.0 2 weeks ago
Ayot completed this course, spending 9 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Was a thorough and detailed 7 weeks learning about play in different dimensions.I realized play is a universal need and it's not just for children.We all need to play.Play helps us creatively solve the problems of the world around us by helping us to make the best out of what we have where we are.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Its great! Its wonderful! The course has accorded a wider scope and a good understanding of PLAY! I really do enjoyed it. This is my second course from futurelearn. Kudos to All our Educators. You All are wonderful. You brought the classroom to me, right here in my place of work/home. God bless
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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Working as a very busy teacher, I was initially nervous about signing up for a course that required more of my time. This course was so well put together, using articles, videos and links for further study, the time spent was interesting and fun. I recommend these courses to others.
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Xiaohua L
4.0 5 months ago
Xiaohua completed this course.
Very comprehensive, diverse and thorough plan of introducing the idea of "PLAY". I chose to start this course with my expectation of learning more on children's play, but ended up with a much broader sense of this field. I am grateful for what all the educators have done, thank you very much!
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