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Escaping the Norm: Games for Wider Participation with a Sense of Success


This practice report describes how escape rooms have been used by one Australian university to successfully engage with high-school students who reside in areas of relative socio-educational disadvantage. We discuss how the escape room approach aligns with Lizzio’s Five Senses of Success and offer recommendations for further use and evaluation.

Published: 2020-10-16
Pages:127 to 133
Section:Practice Reports
How to Cite
Moore, L., & Campbell, N. (2020). Escaping the Norm: Games for Wider Participation with a Sense of Success. Student Success, 11(2), 127-133.

Author Biographies

Flinders NT
Australia Australia

Leigh is an interprofessional education academic with Flinders NT and is passionate about growing the healthcare workforce in underserviced areas. She has worked as a pharmacist in rural and remote areas of the Northern Territory for over 25 years and has been involved in the education of a range of healthcare students since 2007.  Leigh’s interest in research led to recent completion of a Master of Public Health and a project examining the use of antibiotics in the first year of life for children in remote communities. As a ‘first in family’ university graduate from a rural area, Leigh has personal experience and an awareness of the barriers faced by students from different equity groups.

Flinders NT
Australia Australia

Associate Professor Narelle Campbell is the academic lead, Flinders Top End in the Northern Territory, Australia. In this role she leads a team of medical, allied health and nursing academics and administrators to deliver medical education, workforce development and capacity building for health professional student placements in the Northern Territory. She is passionate about improving the health of remote and rural Australians. Her favourite strategy to improve health is by educating and nurturing health professionals who are well suited to, and excited about working in, rural and remote regions.  A speech pathologist by background, Narelle has held a series of Northern Territory-wide academic roles for nearly 20 years. Her PhD was a large Australia-wide research project investigating the personality and motivation traits of remote allied health professionals. Her current research interests include the workforce profile and retention of primary healthcare staff in Aboriginal Community controlled services, the feasibility of student-led provision of allied health services in remote Australian (Indigenous) regions, a tracking study of workforce location outcomes for students who have undertaken remote and rural placement and understanding the impact of COVID-19 public health measures on Australians. She also loves escape rooms and has mentored and teamed with other researchers in using escape rooms for educational and career development purposes.

Open Access Journal
ISSN 2205-0795