The Effective Use of Role‐play: Practical Techniques for Improving Learning (2nd ed.)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 December 1999



van Ments, M. (1999), "The Effective Use of Role‐play: Practical Techniques for Improving Learning (2nd ed.)", Career Development International, Vol. 4 No. 7, pp. 400-402.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 1999, MCB UP Limited

Teachers are increasingly using experimental methods to give students practice at dealing with real‐life problems. Many of these methods involve the use of role‐play.

Morry van Ments has years of experience in deveoping the use of role‐play in learning. The first edition of The Effective Use of Role‐play proved to be a standard text on the subject. This second edition has been fully updated to reflect the changing use of role‐play to reinforce learning at school, university and work.

While retaining the core content of the original – which deals with the processes of writing, running and debriefing a role‐play – the second edition incorporates changes which give the text a more practical character. The original chapters 9 and 10 have been condensed and amalgamated into a single chapter, which surveys the uses of role‐play outside conventional education and training. The original chapter 11, on linked role‐play, has been dropped. these changes have left room for a new chapter 10, whcih looks at the potential for using computers and the Internet as tools to widen the scope of role‐play.

A number of tips and warnings have been introduced to help the reader. In some cases they give additional practical advice and in others highlight key points made in the text.

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