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Playing with Purpose: Using Serious Play Techniques to Enhance Participatory Development Communication Research.
International Journal of Communication (2012)
  • Lauren Leigh Hinthorne, University of Queensland
  • Katy Schneider
Abstract

In this article, we argue that serious play and participatory development communication suggest complementary—even synergistic—methodological guidelines for enhancing communication in research. We begin by illustrating how four core functions of serious play closely correspond with key participatory development communication objectives. This synergy is then illustrated by examining the application of two distinct techniques that successfully merge these methodological positions: participatory theater and LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. Before concluding, we draw attention to important caveats that accompany this integrated research approach. This study focuses on international development research and practice; however, themes discussed throughout have broader relevance to the fields of health, community development, and education.

Keywords
  • participatory development communication,
  • serious play,
  • engagement,
  • participatory theatre,
  • international development
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
Lauren Leigh Hinthorne and Katy Schneider. "Playing with Purpose: Using Serious Play Techniques to Enhance Participatory Development Communication Research." International Journal of Communication Vol. 6 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lauren_leigh_hinthorne/1/