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Exploration: It’s a Serious Business Learning How to Reference—Playfully

  • Juliette SmeedEmail author
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Abstract

Teaching and learning academic skills such as referencing can be a dry and serious business. Playful approaches help to capture students’ attention and lighten the learning experience. However, I have learnt through trial and error that students’ responses to playful lessons are strongly influenced by their discipline context. For business students, play-based learning may appear trivial, or beside the point. This exploration examines the socio-cultural contexts of such attitudes, in particular cultural messages about the seriousness of ‘work’ and ‘study’ and non-seriousness of ‘play’. It then considers ways to sensitively scaffold business students’ return to playful learning by focusing their attention on the link between ‘exploration’ as a play-based behaviour (Bateson and Martin in Play, Playfulness, Creativity and Innovation. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2013) and the desirable business aptitudes of ‘innovation’ and ‘creativity’.

Keywords

Referencing Business studies Playfulness Puzzle-based teaching 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BuckinghamBuckinghamUK

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