The Playful University Club’s January Monthly Meeting was hosted by Dr Pete King, the Programme Director for the MA Developmental and Therapeutic Play course at Swansea University. Pete’s professional background is in play and playwork, which he combines in his teaching and research. He led our January session, entitled “Using Playfulness in Teaching Research Methods in Higher Education”.
Pete is the co-editor of ‘Researching Play from a Playwork Perspective’ and ‘Further perspectives on Researching Play from a Playwork Perspective: Process, Playfulness, Rights-Based and Critical Reflection’, both with Dr Shelly Newstead. Pete also co-wrote ‘The Play Cycle: Theory, Research and Application’ with the late Gordon Sturrock. He is currently researching how playwork is coping during the Covid-19 pandemic.
This month’s meeting was a reflective consideration of playfulness and the three aspects of trait, disposition and creativity, and how it can be applied to teaching methods in research within Higher Education.