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ERIC Number: EJ819865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0332-3315
Teaching for Enjoyment: David Manson and His "Play School" of Belfast
Griffin, Sean
Irish Educational Studies, v24 n2-3 p133-143 Sep 2005
The school operated by David Manson in 18th century Belfast was a centre of learning which represented a critical approach to traditional forms of education. Choice instead of coercion; encouragement rather than ridicule; achievement and recognition for all learners were the hallmarks of his method. Enjoyment in teaching and in learning was not just an aspiration but a reality. Play was not seen as mere diversion or leisure but as purposeful, enjoyable work imbued with creativity and success. An exploration of the role of play and enjoyment as a pedagogical philosophy presents interesting parallels with David Manson's experiments. This paper argues that teachers who provide engaging opportunities for collaborative learning and who place priority in developing a classroom culture where success and self-esteem take precedence over curriculum delivery discover that the delineation between "work" and "play" becomes less sharply defined. Manson's vision of a pedagogy of enjoyment has a timely relevance for the challenges and concerns of the teacher of the 21st century.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Belfast)