1-4 | Play as the Learning Medium for Future Scientists, Mathematicians, and Engineers

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Play as the Learning Medium for Future Scientists, Mathematicians, and Engineers

Doris Bergen

Abstract:

In recent years, playful methods of learning have almost disappeared from school classrooms, and active, creative, extended playtimes during recess, at home, and in neighborhoods have also greatly diminished. This disappearance of play is especially unfortunate because it is happening at the very time that professionals in many scientific, mathematical, and engineering fields articulate the need for creative and innovative thinkers in their professions and advocate for the use of playful learning methods to assist students in developing the intellectual abilities required for excellence in these fields. This article discusses the importance of returning educators' attention to play as the learning medium that can best develop these abilities and motivate students to pursue careers in science and mathematics.