ERIC Number: ED219675
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Role Play: A Conflict Resolution Tool for the School Counselor.
Bogal-Allbritten, Rosemarie; Lovins, Julie H.
This paper addresses the use of one technique, role play, in the resolution of conflictual situations at various levels in the school system. While a variety of options for dealing with conflict are discussed, primary emphasis is given to that method which resolves the conflict and leaves the relationship intact. The method of role play and its use as a potential tool for conflict resolution are discussed along with a definition of role play, i.e., a technique through which an individual or a group simulates a real life situation. The conditions necessary for favorable role play are enumerated and the steps of a role play are described, including: (1) defining the problem situation; (2) detailing the problem situation; (3) making observer assignments; (4) performing the role play; and (5) discussing the role play. The limitations of role play as a creative tool for conflict resolution are also cited (e.g. age, individuals who are highly dogmatic, cannot tolerate challenges to their authority, or have severe emotional problems). An application of role play in an actual school setting is also provided. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (Detroit, MI, March 17-20, 1982).