About the Journal

The Journal of Play in Adulthood (ISSN: 2632-1254) aims to provide a multidisciplinary open access forum dedicated to the discussion of play and playfulness in adults. The focus of this journal is on play in adulthood to explicitly distinguish it from children’s play, and to highlight that the motivations, contexts, and forms of play are, in many cases, different. It aims to increase understanding of the need for, and benefits of, play and playfulness after childhood, and to create a robust evidence base for the value of play throughout the life course for learning, working, and living well. It also seeks to explore the barriers to the use of play with adults, and potential solutions to increasing the role of play in lifelong education, the workplace, and wider society.

The target readership of this journal is both practitioners and researchers involved in the use of, and study of, play and playfulness with adults. Readers may be from a range of sectors and academic traditions, as befits the multidisciplinary nature of play and playfulness research.

Papers developed from the Playful Learning Conference 2022 held in Leicester University 6th to 8th July. Attendees were encouraged to develop their ideas after the conference and formalise them into papers, or to submit completely new ideas inspired by their experiences at the conference. Guest edited by John Lean.

Editors: John Lean (Guest Editor)

Practice based article