Enriching Formal Learning Environments with Playful Learning Materials: Learning as Engaging and Collaborative
Wednesday, June 25 11:35-11:55 AM Location: B3116
Presider: Angelos Emmanouilidis, University of Turku, Finland
Abstract: This paper reports the results of the research project in which playful learning materials were explored in 10 Finnish and 1 Singaporean kindergarten and preschool classes. The materials that were examined in the study are part of the Angry Birds Playground concept. The aim of the study was to explore, what kind of formal learning environment was formed with the playful learning materials and how teachers felt it supported children’s engaged and collaborative working. The data for the study were collected by the means of interviews with teachers. The findings indicate that bringing playful learning materials into teaching can enrich a formal learning environment by enhancing enthusiastic and engaged working and by promoting collaborative ways of working. Teachers felt the materials and activities interested children and enhanced engaged working. In addition, the playful learning materials and playful activities were seen to enable and support collaborative ways of working.