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Playful Acculturation to University Using LEGO Serious Play
PRESENTER: Dr Chad Habel, Academic Developer
DATE: Thursday 24th May 2018
TIME: 8:00–9:00am (ACDT)
LOCATION: Match Studio, Level 4 Catherine Helen Spence Building (City West Campus & via Virtual Classroom)
A light breakfast will be served
If University represents a separate academic environment, culture, or 'habitus', this provides significant challenges for individuals entering the space. This is especially true if they have limited or negative experiences of formal education, which means that they may lack the skills, self-efficacy, or sense of belonging required to succeed in their studies. Australian universities deliver Foundation Programs designed to assist in this transition, but these programs often focus on discipline-specific knowledge or technical skills, which while necessary may not be sufficient.
Drawing on academic literacies, complex system theory and playful learning approaches, this action research project provides 'acculturation' workshops to both experienced and new students using the LEGO Serious Play method and materials in order to help students articulate their own sense of apprehension and fears around being at University.
It also aims to connect them with others, help them to articulate their future or projected selves later in their studies and professional lives, and as promote nuanced conversations about academic culture and what is needed to adjust to it. As well as gathering data on this process of acculturation, the project offers unique methodological insights around the analysis of visual and potentially haptic data.
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