Role Playing

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Role-playing activities introduces students to "real-world" situations. Role-play help students better understand complex issues and concepts, provide an opportunity for students to interact with peers and to develop critical thinking and decision-making skills. Role play (or sociodramatic play) increases recall, and it enhances imaginative and creative activity, social involvement and cooperation, social competency and empathy.

Role playing is theoretically derived from the field of psychodrama. It can be spontaneous, dramatic, a creative teaching strategy in which individuals overtly and willfully assume the roles of others. This powerful affective teaching strategy involves multilevel communication and influences attitudes and emotions and promotes higher-level cognitive and affective thinking skills of analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and valuing.

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