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The University of Sheffield

Exploring Play: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life

The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn

Overview

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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.

Taught by

Elizabeth wood

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Reviews

4.9 rating, based on 133 reviews

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  • Anonymous
    I think this course is to be highly commended and recommended to anyone thinking about building a career around play. Its a great cross-sectional taster. The structure of the course is intuitive and easy to follow and the reflections and contribution...
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    Anonymous completed this course.

    The Exploring Play course has been an eye-opening, thought-provoking and extremely informative course. As a teacher in a primary school but with experience and training in secondary education, I have found this extremely useful for my professional development....
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Really great course, easy to follow and topics broken down into bite-sized chunks. I have worked for many years in SEN, mostly with children with ASD, and currently in our Early Years provision. The course has made me re-think how children play and why...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I started on the course, not thinking that there were so many strands to play this course has made me realise that play is everywhere when you use your imagination! It was good to find out about the history of toys and the different material used in different...
  • Anonymous
    This course was truly amazing, even as someone with years of experience supporting disabled children and young people in a play setting it really broadened my understanding of play. It helped me to better appreciate how multidisciplinary play is, and...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    A really nicely put together course, which provides a lot of thoughtful content on what 'play' is. It took me in directions that I wasn't expecting and opened my eyes to new ways of looking at types of play and the different merits of it. Some of the units appealed to me less than others, but they all had interesting elements to them and this was a fun seven weeks of learning!
  • Anonymous
    This was a very interesting and insightful course and would be useful for anyone who has an interest in the area of play. I would recommend it to teachers, parents or any other person interested in how play influences lives.
  • Anonymous
    A most interesting and stimulating course. Many aspects of play are examined and it certainly challenged and broadened my idea of what constitutes play.
    Highly recommended.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Very informative and easy to follow. Well presented and taught by people who have a passion for the subject. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot. Thank you.
  • Anonymous

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Really great course, easy to follow and topics broken down into bite-sized chunks. I have worked for many years in SEN, mostly with children with ASD, and currently in our Early Years provision. The course has made me re-think how children play and why...
  • Anonymous
    Just to say that when I first started to do the Play online training I did not know how this training would impact me or if I even wanted to participate in it but I am glad that I did the training.

    I was not sure what to expect but along the way the course has opened up my eyes to the different ways that both adults and children interact in their own version of play.

    I have also learnt that play is not just play, it is a whole world to itself and play means different things to different people. I learnt a lot and will be looking at Play differently from now on and I hope that those participating in the Play course would benefit from it as I have. JL
  • Anonymous
    I have absolutely loved this course!! Every week I have learnt so much and it has given me a lot of excitement during a time when I'm struggling with a lack of stimulation. I have chatted to a lot of friends about this course and it has been a really important part of my weekly routine these past couple of months. It has provoked a lot of new ideas that I hope to put into practise in my youth work next year and given me a new passion for the job. I am even more interested in potentially pursuing a career in play therapy and certainly feel more grounded in living a playful life.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found this course very interesting and informative. It gives a deeper understanding of value of play in children and young adults life. It give a background about what is play , how it evolved, what are its benefits on the healthy growth of children....
  • Gail Musante
    This course was beautifully and engagingly presented. It looked at play from a wide variety of perspectives, and I feel that it expanded m own definition of what qualifies as play. As a special education teacher, the course gave me a better understanding of how play might look from my students' view, and especially, it gave me a better understanding of the role of digital media in their generation's experience of play. I gained many ideas for exploring possibilities for the intersection of education, play, and the digital world..
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Kudos to the curriculum designers, instructors, researchers, academicians and volunteers for structuring and offering this comprehensive course on the nuances of 'play' - its origin, theories, forms, types, scope, etc. It broadened my perspective on the...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Really enjoyed this Play course. It was interesting and I feel I will take alot of new ideas with me. The videos where knowledgeable and the team where a great help. I feel I learned new aspects relating to play and will be putting these new activities...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was wide ranging in research and very relevant. I particularly enjoyed and learned a great deal from the section on disability and play. The audio/video sections were very well presented and were not overwelming or onourous in length given...
  • Anonymous
    Course content was very interesting and informative.

    Course layout is very easy to navigate.

    Pace of the course is just right.

    The course flows in a logical sequence.

    Video's have the added advantage of a transcript to follow if needed.

    Quiz's are helpful reminders of learning.

    I can't fault this course.

    If you thought you knew about play; think again. This course smashes many assumptions about what and who can play.

  • Anonymous
    This course gave me more than I expected. This is an introduction of play and covers all the aspects; virtual play, dissabilities, play during natural cathastrofes, urban planning and play, play in nature. The researches have made an incredible job and you can see the passion for their job in this course. I was interested in play therapy before taking the course and now I am much more passionate about it. Thanks so much!

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