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ERIC Number: ED252649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 24
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Role Playing and the Case Method in Business Education.
Lachs, Avraham
While the lecture method of instruction is a good way to transmit facts and information, techniques that actively involve the ego of the learner are preferable for affecting attitudes and/or developing conceptual skills. One family of such techniques is known as simulation techniques. Two methods widely used in industry and colleges are role playing and the case method. In role playing, group members dramatize situations analogous to the problem on which the group is working. Steps for role playing are topic selection, actor selection, determination of background details and a sketch of roles, training of the audience to observe, enactment, discussion and evaluation, and re-enactment. Role playing develops problem-solving skills and positive social values. The teacher's primary role is that of facilitator. In the case method, a group analyzes a written narrative of a situation or problem. Since cases are learner-based and action-oriented, students gain experience in analysis, creativity, decision making, and in accepting responsibility for future consequences. The instructor may play many different roles during the course, although in practice the instructor's role lies somewhere along a continuum with the facilitator and the demonstrator roles at opposite ends. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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