Taking playful methods into the wild

Buccholz, B., Davis, S., Deliman, A., Harrison, K., Iyer, I., Nelson, E. , Pennington, C. and Scott, J. A. (2022) Taking playful methods into the wild. In: Medina, C., Perry, M. and Wohlwend, K. (eds.) Playful Methods: Engaging the Unexpected in Literacy Research. Series: Expanding literacies in education. Routledge: New York, NY, pp. 112-129. ISBN 9780367211516 (doi: 10.4324/9780429265730-9)

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What is it about play, drama, and improvisation that helps us realize that this is not only a pedagogy but a way of doing research? What new relationships (to place, people, objects, politics, existences) become relevant? How does this relate to “other ways of doing” research in the traditional research matrix of power? What power/contested actions also emerge in these creative spaces? In this chapter, we have invited colleagues and students to share revelatory moments from their explorations and journeys with playful methods. Each researcher conducted research that engaged play or dramatic events in various ways. Through vignettes, the researchers share anecdotes from their research to provide a descriptive window on a moment that changed their thinking and prompted them to consider playfulness, improvisation, or drama as a research method. Overall, the research vignettes in this chapter offer windows into how emerging scholars are doing playful methods differently in each of their locations and realities. Collectively, the vignettes address key characteristics of playful methods and also surface new questions and directions. Inspired by these thoughtful reflections, we want to share how researchers’ explorations and applications are deepening our understanding and adding to the ever-emerging universe of playful methods. We hope the reflections in this chapter will help you make sense of your own thinking as well.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Harrison, Karyn and Nelson, Dr Elizabeth
Authors: Buccholz, B., Davis, S., Deliman, A., Harrison, K., Iyer, I., Nelson, E., Pennington, C., and Scott, J. A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Published Online:11 May 2022

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