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Horowitz, Kenneth S. – American Journal of Play, 2019
The informal setting of online multiplayer video games may offer safe spots for speakers of other languages learning English to practice their communication skills and reduce their anxiety about using a second language. In this study, the author examined the relationship between both these concerns and the time spent playing such games by basic…
Descriptors: Video Games, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teaching Methods
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Barnett, Lynn A. – American Journal of Play, 2019
Research about playfulness in adults has viewed it as something that emanates from personality and other individualized characteristics, and therefore many previous studies adopted a trait approach to predict playfulness, largely ignoring gender differences. The author conducted a facet-level analysis of the so-called big-five personality…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Undergraduate Students, Gender Differences, Humor
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Proyer, René T.; Wagner, Lisa – American Journal of Play, 2015
The authors elaborate on the role of playfulness as a preferred characteristic in potential long-term partners recently espoused by Garry Chick and others. They aim to replicate the findings of such research by studying a different culture (that of German-speaking countries) and to develop them further by taking into account the participants'…
Descriptors: Play, Foreign Countries, Individual Characteristics, Interpersonal Relationship
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Wilson, David Sloan – American Journal of Play, 2011
This article describes the thinking behind and the implementation of the Design Your Own Park (DYOP) Competition, a collaborative project of a university, a city, and a fund-raising organization to empower neighborhoods and restore outdoor play citywide in Binghamton, New York. The city makes vacant lots and other neglected spaces available for…
Descriptors: Competition, Measures (Individuals), Play, Community Programs
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Batt, Tom – American Journal of Play, 2010
This article explores the potential of play in the teaching of college composition. Drawing primarily on the theoretical framework of D. W. Winnicott, the author describes how he used ludic pedagogies to provide first-year writing students a "potential space" in which to explore a range of course elements including composing conventions,…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods, Play, Writing (Composition)