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Role Playing (Socio – Drama)

Role-play is widely used as an educational method for learning about communication in medical education
Some volunteers from the audience adopt certain roles such as doctor or villager and act out those roles in character

The situation is dramatized by the group
• Members enact the scenario as they have observed or experienced them

• The audience is not passive but actively involved
– They can suggest alternative solutions
– They can come up and actively demonstrate how they feel a particular role should be handled

• Role play is followed by a discussion of the problem

Useful in discussion of problems of human relationship e.g. training in the ‘interview technique’
Role play is particularly useful educational device for school children
Optimum group size in role play is 25

Park’s Textbook of Preventive and Social Medicine, 23rd ed
Nestel, D., & Tierney, T. (2007). Role-play for medical students learning about communication: Guidelines for maximising benefits. BMC Medical Education, 7, 3.

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