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The Role of ‘Edutainment’ in Education for Sustainable Development

Emblen-Perry, Kay (2016) The Role of ‘Edutainment’ in Education for Sustainable Development. In: University of Worcester Annual Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Conference: Showcasing and Exploring Excellence, 16th June 2016, University of Worcester. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The Sustainable Strategies Game (SSG) is being developed as ‘edutainment’ in response to the need to understand sustainable futures and advocate sustainability within workplaces in Higher Education. SSG seeks to both deliver experiential teaching and learning for business sustainability and enhance students’ learning experiences within Worcester Business School. This paper presents findings from action research undertaken to formally investigate two aspects of SSG within edutainment for ESD: firstly, it explores the value students obtain from game playing as an approach to sustainability learning. Secondly, it establishes students’ suggestions for evolutions to SSG, e.g. game design and additional features such as social media interventions or legal challenges, to increase its value as a tool for teaching and learning. Informal feedback following sessions playing SSG suggests games generally generate positive effects on students’ learning. Students highlighted SSG offered an enjoyable alternative approach to learning and could drive changes to sustainability thinking. Introducing such gameplay offers the potential to engage participants in collaborative behaviours and encourage consideration of profitability through strategies which carry less impact on the environment; vital to create a sustainable future. This paper presents qualitative evidence from game players that can enhance SSG as a tool to further improve students’ learning experience and its value as edutainment rather than entertainment within ESD.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Edutainment, education for sustainable development, sustainability teaching and learning
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Academic Departments > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Kay Emblen-Perry
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2016 11:41
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2017 13:02
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4570

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