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Playful learning? An extreme comparison of the children’s University in Malaysia and in Australia


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Shelley, B ORCID: 0000-0002-6288-592X, Ooi, CS ORCID: 0000-0002-0824-3766 and Brown, N ORCID: 0000-0002-8221-7486 2019 , 'Playful learning? An extreme comparison of the children’s University in Malaysia and in Australia' , Journal of Applied Learning & Teaching, vol. 2, no. 1 , pp. 16-23 , doi: 10.37074/jalt.2019.2.1.3.

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Playful learning is frequently conceived in binaries: fun/hard, child/adult, and formal/non-formal learning. The term ‘playful learning’ lacks a coherent definition. This is understandable given it is a multidisciplinary field of research. The article develops an extreme-comparative method to analyse a non-formal learning program, the Children’s University, in Malaysia and in Australia. It reveals structural differences in implementation, attitudes to playful learning, and cultural attitudes to non-formal learning. The cases draw on in-depth interviews with service providers. Finally, the article describes a ‘virtual circle’ which can be used to understand playful learning in different contexts.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Shelley, B and Ooi, CS and Brown, N
Keywords: Australia, non-formal learning, playful learning, Malaysia, Bakhtin
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Applied Learning & Teaching
Publisher: Kaplan Singapore
ISSN: 2591-801X
DOI / ID Number: 10.37074/jalt.2019.2.1.3
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