Teaching Playful Learning in Durban – a microphenomenological investigation about preschool educators´ concepts of play, playfulness and playful learning

Talk by Katrin Heimann, IMC

2017.03.02 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Date Tue 04 Apr
Time 11:00 13:00
Location IMC Meeting Room, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, Building 1483-312


This talk is about the current cooperaion between PLAYTrack and TREE. PLAYTrack is a 5-years research project at the IMC funded by the LEGO foundation and aiming to design and test quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods suited to explore play and playfulness, and, particularly what it means to learn through play. TREE is a non-profit organisation based in Durban, South Africa, with the main goal to foster quality early childhood care especially in the still underprivileged black population in rural areas and townships. As one of its main activity in this framework TREE provides state-accredited education and support for practitioners, aimed at providing them with an understanding of an age adequate education focused on the holistic development of the children. In our common project, we are collaborating in exploring practitioners embodied understanding of learning by playing before and after a new part of the TREE education (SIZANANI) by using the method of microphenomenological interviews. My talk will introduce the precise method, research questions and first insights from as well as challenges encountered during the data acquisition and initial analysis. I am hoping for the active participation of interested fellow researchers to develop future plans regarding this project.

Contact: Assistant Professor Katrin Heimann, IMC