Potentiality of Play

PhD. Project

(Edinburgh Napier University)

My PhD research project ‘The Potentiality of Play’, is driven by complementary methods of Design Ethnography and Research through Design. It addressed the shifting design language of play-based learning, from early learning environments of Montessori and STEAM (Science Technology Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).

In this project, design-practice based research methods of design ethnography  (observation-based research) and research through design (design practice based research method) were employed to undertake research at schools in Scotland and India. Play materials were additionally designed and tested with children across public galleries and children's museums in Edinburgh.