This is Episode 24 of PsychCrunch, the podcast from the British Psychological Society Biomedarticles, sponsored by Routledge Psychology. Download here.
What role does child development play? In this episode, our host, Ginny Smith, speaks to some of the top game researchers to find out how children playfully learn new skills and concepts, and explores what teachers and parents can do to encourage this kind of learning. Ginny also discovers how the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way children play and learn.
Our guests are, in the order of their appearance, Professor Marilyn Fleer and Dr. Prabhat Rai from Monash University and Dr. Suzanne Egan from the University of Limerick.
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Episode Credits: Presented and produced by Ginny Smith. Script edits by Matthew Warren. Mixing and Editing by Jeff Knowler. PsychCrunch themed music by Catherine Loveday and Jeff Knowler. Artwork by Tim Grimshaw.
Background reading for this episode
- The website for Fleer’s Conceptual Playworld has more information on the model discussed by Marilyn Fleer and Prabhat Rai
- Publications and working papers from the Conceptual PlayLab can be found here
- Here are some of the key findings from the PLEY poll discussed by Suzanne Egan
The Biomedarticles and The psychologist Archives have a lot to offer, including:
An overabundance of toys can affect toddlers’ creativity
“Having fun” is an important indicator of the social status of children
Fantasy-based role play has a positive effect on children’s intellectual abilities
Mother and child playtime is more interactive and educational with old-fashioned toys
Learning in unexpected places: Elian Fink and Jenny Gibson on the importance of play in early childhood.
Children play priority after being locked: Ella Rhodes reports an open letter.
A golden age of adult play: Dave Neale in a growing but little explored area.
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Past PsychCrunch episodes::
Episode one: dating and attraction
Episode two: breaking bad habits
Episode three: How to win an argument
Episode four: the psychology of giving
Episode five: how to learn a new language
Episode six: how to be sarcastic
Episode Seven: Use Psychology to Compete Like an Olympian.
Episode Eight: Can We Trust Psychological Studies?
Episode 9: How to get the most out of your team
Episode 10: How to Stop Hesitation
Episode 11: How to Sleep Well
Episode twelve: How to be funnier
Episode 13: Learn and Learn Effectively
Episode 14: Psychological tricks to make your cooking taste better
Episode 15: Is Mindfulness a Panacea or Exaggerated and Possibly Problematic?
Bonus episode (16): What’s it like to have no mind’s eye?
Episode 17: How to Make Running Less Painful and More Fun
Episode 18: How to Increase Your Creativity
Episode 19: Should We Worry About Screen Time?
Episode 20: How to deal with pain
Episode 21: How to Stay Connected in the “New Normal”
Episode 22: Drifting Minds – Maladaptive Daydreaming and the Hypnagogic State
Episode twenty-three: Whose psychology is it anyway? Make psychological research more representative