The use of self and role play in social work education
The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Article publication date: 24 December 2010
In social work education there is often felt to be a disjunction between what students learn in college and what they need to know in practice ‐ the gap between the ‘hard high ground’ of academia and the ‘swampy lowlands’ of practice (Schön, 2003). This paper will demonstrate how an approach borrowed from theatre in education was successfully used to fill this gap and enhance teaching and learning across years two and three of a BA social work course. The paper explores the use of role play techniques utilising a ‘teacher in role’ and ‘mantle of the expert’ (Heathcote & Bolton, 1996) approach to enable students to synthesise theory, practice and skills in a classroom setting.
Kinney, M. and Aspinwall‐Roberts, E. (2010), "The use of self and role play in social work education", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 5 No. 4, pp. 27-33. https://doi.org/10.5042/jmhtep.2010.0688
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