Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Paper/Craft, Labour or Play and Ambiance: 6/6

In class today we got into group of which activities fitted into specific frameworks.
As monopoly deal is a game is come under the framework of Play.
Within the framework of play we then considered how ergonomics and affordances fit in to the activity we have chosen to use.
Games come under the occupation of Play. Huizinga (1949) believes that in play there is something "at play" which transcends the immediate needs of life and imparts meaning to the action. All play means something....

We also briefly covered Ambiance.
Ambiance  describes the feeling created by a particular nature of an activity when it is being done for itself. 
If I were to describe ambiance whilst playing monopoly deal I would say that I feel competitive, relaxed but aware of what I am doing and anxious to see what my apponents next move will be. After playing the game I gain a feeling on contentment for doing something that I enjoy (especially if I have won!).
These are some examples of comment I have made about of students activity blogs

Comment I made to Alex about her blog on Ergonomics
Comment I made to Paula about her blog on Affordances
                                        Comment I made to Kate about her blog on affordance:
                                        Comment I made to Laura about her blog on cooking as Labour

References used throughout the six blogs:

Arendt, H. (1958). The human condition. Chicago: Chicago University Press.
Burkhardt MA (1989). Spirituality: an analysis of the concept. Holistic Nursing Practice 3, 69–77.
Caulton, R & Dickson, R. (2007). Whats going on? Finding an explanation for what we do. In J. Creek & A. Lawson-Porter (Eds.), Contemporary issues in occupational therapy (pp. 87-114). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
 Christiansen, C. H. & Townsend E. A. (2004). An introduction to occupation: The art and science of  living. New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.
Dictionary.com (2011). Ambiance. Retrieved 18th of October from: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ambiance
 Hagedorn, R. (2000). Tools of practice in occupational therapy. A structured approach to core skills and processes. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
 Huizinga, J. (1949). Homo ludens: a study of the play element in culture. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. (Original work published 1944). 
Webster, M. (1996). Aesthetic. Retrieved from: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aesthetics

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