Sketch: Creating LEGO® Representations of Theory

  • Nicola SimmonsEmail author


Creativity and innovation often appear as desired outcomes of degree programs, and yet the education system may not value these attributes. Play-based activities can help students break existing thinking patterns to uncover their implicit thinking and connections. I invite graduate students to play with LEGO® to ‘build’ their papers in progress. Students say this unlocks their thinking by allowing them to think about theory applications in concrete (and personal) terms. Playing with LEGO® shifts their processing: instead of a purely intellectual analysis, they engage with childlike inquiry that helps them explore without worry about getting the right answer. 


LEGO Education Conceptualisation Learning theories 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brock UniversitySt. CatharinesCanada

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