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Summer RECORD Spotlights Play That Helps us Work

July 02, 2015

The RECORD Summer 2015A child invests concentration and care in building a spaceship with LEGO® bricks only to smash it to pieces and start anew. A nurse reviews a video that captures her response to a patient’s allergic reaction and imagines ways to improve her performance the next time.

Fitting fresh information into the problem-solving scheme and envisioning new and different outcomes occurs at all ages; play and work bear striking resemblances.

Just out, the summer issue of The RECORD, “Play That Helps Us Work Better” takes a look at experiential learning on the job and in the classroom. It introduces GC’s new track of study in game design and development and explores its application to job training.

It also examines the way students engage in role-play on campus. Some take the part of job seekers interviewing for employment. Others fill the social worker’s shoes and engage their “clients” in mock counseling sessions. Yet others “put on” confidence and poised professionalism to propose detailed solutions to problems identified by top GC administrators. 

This issue also includes an insightful article by GC’s own Dr. Lisa (Kettelkamp ’99) Amundson on the value of play. “As children, we played with colorful wooden blocks to learn,” she writes. “As adult learners, we play with paint, technology, words, numbers, scientific processes and prayer.”

Alumni won’t want to miss the Homecoming 2015 information and registration materials included in this issue. Nor will they want to miss the announcement of GC’s new alumni app, the best way to connect with alumni and friends in our extended college community.

View Web Extras from the latest RECORD “Play That Helps Us Work Better.” 

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