Play in Pre-Service Teacher Education

By Elizabeth Curtis.

Published by The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education

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This paper reports on a research study undertaken with a small group of pre-service teachers enrolled in a one year postgraduate diploma in primary (P-7) education. The project’s aim was to provide a practical framework to investigate the extent to which the use of a play-based pedagogy in pre-service teacher education aids the students. The paper will discuss the students’ self-reported engagement and learning in the subject and how it was enhanced through the active learning approach, specifically play. This study demonstrates the possibilities for a ‘play’ approach in informing teaching and learning practices in pre-service teacher education and the need to more closely align the pedagogical practices utilised with the future classrooms of the students.

Keywords: Pre-service Teacher Education, Higher Education, Active Learning

The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, Volume 22, Issue 4, December, 2015, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 4, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 656.565KB)).

Elizabeth Curtis

Lecturer, School of Cultural and Professional Learning, Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia