Teachers' Engagement and Students' Satisfaction with the Playful Learning Environment

Pia Marjaana Kangas, Pirkko Tellervo Hyvönen, Justus Randolph, Heli Mirja Anneli Ruokamo

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The aim of this mixed-method study was to explore connections between student satisfaction and teacher engagement in a playful learning environment (PLE). Altogether, 331 students and 15 teachers were involved in a playful learning designed to establish a novel learning environment enhanced with the use of digital technologies. The data consisted of a student satisfaction survey, teacher interviews and the teachers' blog diaries. The findings indicate that differences in teachers' pedagogical and emotional engagement in playful learning can partially explain differences in student's satisfaction with the PLE.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274–284
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Jan 2017
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Student satisfaction
  • Teacher engagement
  • Playful learning environment
  • Playful learning

Field of science

  • General education


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