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ERIC Number: EJ972677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
Three Stories about Mike, or How to Advance a Play Ethic in Life over a Work Ethic
Henderson, Bob
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v22 n3 p22-23 Spr 2010
As a physical educator in the mid-1980s, Mike came to the author's office with a proposition. Rather than write a research term paper with "X" number of sources properly referenced, a length of "X" number of words, and the correct formula-style structure, Mike wanted to use the "opportunity" to work out on paper a philosophy. Among the author's first memories with Mike include him doodling on the guitar to the tune of "Alice's Restaurant" while Mike singing the song. Another memory with Mike was starting a debate about what is the better water craft for travel in Canada. It was the playfulness of it that they liked as they kept it alive. It was the play that mattered. There is hard work in all these stories. But it was not working that matters to these actions. It was play. Play can be hard work. Play for Mike was a warm feeling, personally satisfying like that term paper and socially engaging like a performance of Alice amongst friends. Play matters in learning and pushes one passionately. For Mike the gem of life experience figured brilliantly. There is a play ethic to be had. Life lessons abound in revisiting these stories for everyone. (Contains 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada