2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

Work Hard, Play Hard: Play as a Learning Tool in the English Language Arts Classroom


Katie Holtmeyer♦
Dr. Barbara Price, Rebecca Dierking, and Dr. Priscilla Riggle, Faculty Mentors

Despite play’s associations with childhood and relaxation, it can and has been utilized in secondary classrooms to encourage student learning and interest in class content. By adding a lighter, more enjoyable dynamic to a situation in which students often feel bored or overwhelmed, play can encourage students to be more active agents in their own learning. This qualitative study, which took place in a rural high school during the covid-19 pandemic, examines the effects of utilizing play in the English Language Arts classroom on student engagement.

Keywords: ELA, play, engagement

Topic(s):English, Secondary MAE Research

Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Oral Presentation

Session: 9-12
Location: https://flipgrid.com/4edc694a
Time: 0:00

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