How playful learning can help leapfrog progress in education

Author(s): Winthrop, Rebecca

Organisation(s): Brookings Institution (USA). Center for Universal Education (CUE)

Date: 2019

Pages: 12 p.


Playful learning is driven by student inquiry and needs, is meaningfully connected to students’ lives, and fosters experimentation and social interaction. This type of learning can occur through various pedagogical practices such as project-based learning, where children develop knowledge by exploring a real-world problem, as well as personal learning experiences, where students set their own goals and teachers act as facilitators and guides on the learning journey. Playful learning is appropriate for learners of all ages and goes beyond merely interactive activities to require students’ conscious engagement and reflection and allow room for investigation and iteration. Numerous studies show that these types of pedagogies result in better student outcomes than more traditional teaching practices.

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