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Role Play: Observing and Modeling New Behaviors


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The role play method provides the opportunity for learners to gain new knowledge and appreciate different points of view and perspectives, based on the role(s) being played. Role Play also helps learners develop and practice new skills and behaviors, such as improving communication, exploring solutions, and resolving conflict. Through the role play method, educators are well positioned to analyze the learners’ reactions and responses, and peers can give direct and immediate feedback (Steinert 1993).

Purpose: Provide information on ways to implement the role play teaching strategy to help you build your own educator’s portfolio.

Objectives: After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Define role play and the rationale for its use.
  • Identify best practices for teaching with the role play method.
  • Plan a role play exercise to support your learners in preparation for implementation.
  • Create an action plan for your future success as a practitioner of this teaching strategy.

Length: This module will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.


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