Learning for fun: The unique contribution of educational leisure experiences

Packer, Jan (2006) Learning for fun: The unique contribution of educational leisure experiences. Curator: The Museum Journal, 49 3: 329-344. doi:10.1111/j.2151-6952.2006.tb00227.x

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Author Packer, Jan
Title Learning for fun: The unique contribution of educational leisure experiences
Journal name Curator: The Museum Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0011-3069
Publication date 2006-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.2151-6952.2006.tb00227.x
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 49
Issue 3
Start page 329
End page 344
Total pages 16
Editor Z. Doering
Place of publication Maryland, United States
Publisher Alta Mira Press
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject 330101 Educational Psychology
370403 Recreation and Leisure Studies
750299 Arts and leisure not elsewhere classified
Abstract What do visitors want or expect from an educational leisure activity such as a visit to a museum, zoo, aquarium or other such experience? Is it to learn something or to experience learning? This paper uses the term 'learning for fun' to refer to the phenomenon in which visitors engage in a learning experience because they value and enjoy the process of learning itself. Five propositions regarding the nature of learning for fun are discussed, drawing on quantitative and qualitative data from visitors to a range of educational leisure activities. The commonalities between learning for fun and other theoretical constructs such as 'experience,' 'flow', 'intrinsic motivation', and 'curiosity' are explored. It is concluded that learning for fun is a unique and distinctive offering of educational leisure experiences, with implications for future research and experience design.
Keyword fFee-choice Learning
Informal Learning
Educational Leisure
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Tue, 13 Mar 2007, 09:08:06 EST by Dr Jan Packer on behalf of School of Tourism