The Dark Would: Higher Education, Play and Playfulness [i]

  • Rebecca FisherEmail author
  • Philip Gaydon


The Dark Would is a collaborative and transdisciplinary pedagogic project established by The University of Warwick’s Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning. The project creates environments within which participants can play, feel safe and stimulated, engage as whole people, and which allow for and legitimise fundamental epistemic questions of the nature, creation and exploration of knowledge. As this is a project which adheres to the principle that the form of a piece should reflect and advance the content it conveys, this pen portrait playfully translates three areas of the Dark Would environment here to these leaves and invites the reader to wander a while among the trees.



TDW is a collaboration between four colleagues from IATL which includes the two authors, along with Amy Clarke and Naomi de la Tour. The latter two are represented here in spirit, and now in name. See for more information, images and resources. We would also like to acknowledge the project which inspired TDW (Robbie Foulston and Leah Egglestone’s ‘The Making Space’) and one that has sprung from it (Conor Heany, Hollie Mackenzie and Ian MacKenzie’s ‘Learning, Exchange, and Play’).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LeicesterLeicesterUK
  2. 2.University of WarwickCoventryUK

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