The Power of Play in Higher Education

Creativity in Tertiary Learning

  • Alison James
  • Chrissi Nerantzi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-liv
  2. Trainers and Developers

  3. Wanderers and Wonderers

  4. Experimenters and Engagers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Lindsay Wheeler, Michael Palmer
      Pages 123-130
    3. Bruce Kothmann
      Pages 131-140
    4. Dudley Shallcross, Tim Harrison
      Pages 145-158
    5. Chris Budd
      Pages 159-161
    6. Sharon Boyd, Andrea Roe
      Pages 163-165
    7. Judith McCullouch
      Pages 167-169
  5. Wordsmiths and Communicators

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Suzanne Rankin-Dia, Rob Lakin
      Pages 203-205
    3. Julia Reeve, Kaye Towlson
      Pages 207-209
  6. Builders and Simulators

  7. Gamers and Puzzlers

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 317-359

About this book


This book examines the increasing popularity of creativity and play in tertiary learning, and how it can be harnessed to enhance the student experience at university. While play is often misunderstood as something ‘trivial’ and associated with early years education, the editors and contributors argue that play contributes to social and human development and relations at a fundamental level. This volume invalidates the commonly held assumption that play is only for children, drawing together numerous case studies from higher education that demonstrate how researchers, students and managers can benefit from play as a means of liberating thought, overturning obstacles and discovering fresh approaches to persistent challenges. This diverse and wide-ranging edited collection unites play theory and practice to address the gulf in research on this fascinating topic. It will be of interest and value to educators, students and scholars of play and creativity, as well as practitioners and academic leaders looking to incorporate play into the curriculum. 


Universities and play Learning through play New learning techniques Higher education adapting to learning through play Playful learning Pen portraits

Editors and affiliations

  • Alison James
    • 1
  • Chrissi Nerantzi
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WinchesterWinchesterUK
  2. 2.Centre for Excellence in Learning and TeachingManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-95779-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-95780-7
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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