Play-full Pedagogies

We explore imaginative and creative pedagogies to reconceptualise play as mode for learning and thriving in the world.   

Who we are

  • Linda Knight (Lead)
  • Thembi Mason (Lead)
  • Aleksandra Acker
  • Elise Hunkin
  • Amanda Telford
  • Toni Hilland
  • Melanie Nash
  • Jason Wong
  • Yoshi Budd
  • Kath Glasswell
  • Grant Cooper
  • Rebecca Seah
  • Allison Byth
  • Carl Ridgeway
  • Rucelle Hughes

What we do

The Play-full pedagogies bubble aims to provide a space for learning, teaching and research that enables imagination and creativity to flourish. Its focus is on exploring (new) pedagogies that incorporate and reconceptualise learning through play, story-telling, problem-solving, sharing, experimenting, inventing, trialling, collaborating, questioning, performing, tinkering, creating, testing, documenting, teaching, and making, where learners take an active role in their own learning in a supportive, yet often challenging way. 

These hands-on experiences “…combine[s] disciplines [and technologies] in ways that enhance the learning process for diverse [student] populations and opens the doors to unforeseen career paths” (Martinez & Stager, 2013, p. 3). We must continue to develop our skills, knowledge and understanding of our increasingly complex world and critically analyse and creatively respond to the unknown. Learning through play-full pedagogies develops our flexibility of thinking to thrive in the world in which we will live. 

Martinez, S. L., & Stager, G. (2013). Invent to learn. Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. Torrance, Canada: Constructing Modern Knowledge.

Key projects

  • RMIT PoPLab Reading Group 
  • 2019: Mapping scientific concepts through nature play in early childhood education: Achieving excellence in STEM through evidence-based pedagogies. $88,725 QLD Department of Education Horizon Research grant scheme Linda Knight – QUT Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles – SCU Lexi Lasczik – SCU Karen Malone – Swinburne Uni
  • 2018: Mapping the city: developing children’s citizenship through creative practice $10,000 QUT Transdisciplinary Seed Grant Linda Knight – QUT Carol Brown – Uni of Auckland Clare Battersby – Independent artist Mabingo Alfdaniels – Uni of Auckland

Read more about our work

  • Linda Knight: https://lindaknight.org/
  • Mason, T., & de la Harpe, B. (2020). The state of play of Associate Deans, learning and teaching, in Australian universities, 30 years on. Higher Education Research & Development39(3), 532-545.
  • Mason, T. (2017). “Stars”,“Rising Stars”,“Copers” and “Strugglers”: exploring the strategic leadership of the Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, across the Creative Arts in Australian universities (Doctoral dissertation, RMIT University).
  • Students as Partners: https://sites.rmit.edu.au/studentsaspartners/
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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer