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The serious use of play and metaphor: Legos and Labyrinths

James, Alison and Brookfield, Stephen (2013) The serious use of play and metaphor: Legos and Labyrinths. International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology (IJAVET), 4 (3). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1947-8607

Type of Research: Article
Creators: James, Alison and Brookfield, Stephen

A paper on the use of two distinct three dimensional and kinesthetic learning experiences.

In this paper the authors wish to examine kinesthetic forms of learning involving the body and the physical realm. The authors look at two particular techniques; using Legos to build metaphorical models and living the physical experience of metaphors in the shape of labyrinth-walking and its attendant activities. The authors begin by discussing their experiences using LEGO building bricks as a reflective tool. While LEGO lends itself particularly effectively to metaphorical modeling (not least through its status as a globally known iconic toy and connection to childhood) the process can take place using any set of objects that are used to represent something other than their real nature. This will be apparent to anyone who has sat at in a restaurant and used the salt and pepper cellars to describe a relationship, car maneuver, choice between two options, altercation or offside rule in Soccer. Buttons, sticks, candles, pots, peas, matches, or any other assortment of items which the user finds sufficiently rich to embody their ideas and convey their intentions work just as well. The point is that the user assigns specific meanings to the materials to illustrate some sort of process or relationship.

Official Website: http://www.igi-global.com/article/the-serious-use-of-play-and-metaphor/97726
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: IGI Global
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: September 2013
Digital Object Identifier: 10.4018/ijavet.2013070101
Related Websites: http://www.igi-global.com/journal/international-journal-adult-vocational-education/1131, http://engagingimagination.com/dr-alison-james/
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Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2014 09:44
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 09:44
Item ID: 6868
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/6868

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