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When role-play comes alive

A Theory and Practice

Authors: Heinrich, Paul

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  • Fills a significant hole in the literature on educational role-play, enabling future growth in the field to be more confident and proficient
  • Provides the first comprehensive performance theory to explain how role-play works as performance
  • Offers practical ideas on incorporating role-play into communication training across many diverse fields
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About this book

This book harnesses the theory and practice of dramatic arts for the applied use in communication education. It introduces readers to educational role-play and how to use it, arguing that complete immersion is crucial to successful learning. Educational role-play sprang into life in many places including the medical world in the 1960s. Now, fifty years later, the field has grown exponentially across the world. Heinrich discusses how through role play interactions become more authentic, discussion becomes more focused and people take risks, and grow. Early chapters in Part I focus on theory, show how and why role-play works, and introduce the key performative factors of aesthetic distance, defamiliarization, framing, and focus that produce its dynamism. Chapters in Part II discuss how these ideas inform every aspect of role-play practice, offer practical guidance on designing and running scenarios, how to be more confident and mindful as player or facilitator, and provide a wide array of techniques to handle challenging situations. Most of the examples are drawn from medical communication, but the insights and techniques are equally applicable to other fields such as business, law, policing, and the military. The book will be of interest to educators, workplace trainers and managers, facilitators, role-play actors, and scholars interested in role-play performance.

About the authors

Paul Heinrich holds a PhD in Theatre and Drama from Northwestern University, USA and is the Founding Creative Director (retired) of Pam McLean Centre, University of Sydney, Australia.

Reviews

“A must read for any professional working with role play and game simulations. This is a treasure of a book jammed with tacit knowledge, written in a very accessible way using many examples and inspiring ideas. Scientists researching social learning and experimental learning can use this book as an insightful stepping stone to describe behaviours of both facilitator and players during role plays and playful learning situations. This book is inspiring and helpful in gaining insight in how to leverage learning in role play and other interactive situations.” (Dr Marieke de Wijse-Van Heeswijk, researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen, simulation game designer and business consultant, former board member ISAGA and Saganet)

Table of contents (21 chapters)

Table of contents (21 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook £79.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-10-5969-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £99.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-10-5968-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £99.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-13-5537-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
When role-play comes alive
Book Subtitle
A Theory and Practice
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-5969-8
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-5969-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-5968-1
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-5537-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 307
Number of Illustrations
25 b/w illustrations
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