Playing with purpose: using serious play to enhance participatory development communication

Hinthorne, Lauren Leigh and Schneider, Katy (2012) Playing with purpose: using serious play to enhance participatory development communication. International Journal of Communication, 6 1: 2801-2824.

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Author Hinthorne, Lauren Leigh
Schneider, Katy
Title Playing with purpose: using serious play to enhance participatory development communication
Journal name International Journal of Communication   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-8036
Publication date 2012-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 6
Issue 1
Start page 2801
End page 2824
Total pages 24
Place of publication Los Angeles, CA, United States
Publisher University of Southern California
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In this article, we argue that serious play and participatory development communication suggest complementary—even synergistic—methodological guidelines for enhancing communication in research. We begin by illustrating how four core functions of serious play closely correspond with key participatory development communication objectives. This synergy is then illustrated by examining the application of two distinct techniques that successfully merge these methodological positions: participatory theater and LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. Before concluding, we draw attention to important caveats that accompany this integrated research approach. This study focuses on international development research and practice; however, themes discussed throughout have broader relevance to the fields of health, community development, and education.
Keyword Participatory development communication
Serious play
Engagement
Participatory theater
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Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Wed, 05 Dec 2012, 14:01:19 EST by Lauren Hinthorne on behalf of School of Journalism and Communication