Best of Finland: Adult Playfulness in Simulation-based Healthcare Education

Tuulikki Keskitalo, Marjaana Kangas, Heli Ruokamo

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In many studies, simulation-based healthcare education has been observed to be enjoyable and meaningful. The objectives of simulation-based learning can be multifaceted, such as learning basic resuscitation or more complex crisis resource-management skills. As noted, the goals of simulation-based education can be quite serious although learning should be enjoyable and playful. Simulation-based learning demands playfulness and taking on roles that the learner has not previously studied in simulation-based healthcare education. In previous studies, playfulness has been perceived as a kind of stance towards learning or a certain mood in learning that emerges from interactions with others. In previous research, humour, creativity and teamwork have predicted adult playfulness and are central to successful simulation-based learning as well. Adult playfulness has also been related to higher achievements and motivation. In this study, we examine adult playfulness in simulation-based healthcare education. The specific research question is as follows: How does adult playfulness transpire in simulation-based healthcare education? The study participants are 238 medical students and professionals (89 males, 86 females) at Stanford University in 2010–2016. The data sources include questionnaires and interviews. Playfulness appears in simulation-based learning mainly by emphasising trust and encouraging collaboration, as well as academic curiosity and a playful attitude. However, based on preliminary analysis, a playful attitude is not easy to realise. Emotional, embodied and physical aspects of playful simulation-based learning need further research and effort
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology
EditorsTheo Bastiaens, Johan Van Braak, Mark Brown, Lorenzo Cantoni, Manuel Castro, Rhonda Christensen, Gayle V. Davidson-Shivers, Koen DePryck, Martin Ebner, Mikhail Fominykh, Catherine Fulford, Stylianos Hatzipanagos, Gerald Knezek, Karel Kreijns, Gary Marks, Erkko Sointu, Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen, Jarmo Viteli, Joke Voogt, Peter Weber, Edgar Weippl, Olaf Zawacki-Richter
PublisherAssociation for the advancement of computing in education
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-1-939797-34-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventEdMedia + Innovate Learning - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 25 Jun 201829 Jun 2018


ConferenceEdMedia + Innovate Learning

Field of science

  • General education


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