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Role Play and Simulation

Prakken Publications

This article describes how simulation and role play can be important learning strategies that will create long-lasting understanding. Simulation involves participating in a very real learning experience that closely resembles an actual setting. These actual settings may be replicated by either employing models or mannequins or in the case of role play, the use of actors to bring the experience to life. The advantages of using simulation are numerous and include the ability to help learners make meaning of complex tasks, while also developing critical thinking and cultural skills required for the 21st century workplace. One major form of simulation that allows the learner to become immersed in learning involves the use of role play. Role play has the ability to develop and enhance content skills as well as skills needed for future success by incorporating realistic, or real-world, problems. The author suggests that educational leaders would be well advised to include this important strategy in their professional development plans as a school-wide initiative across disciplines.

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