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ERIC Number: EJ1172237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1931-4744
Role-Play in Literature Lectures: The Students' Assessment of Their Learning
Riain, Isobel Ní; Dawson, Ciarán; McCarthy, Marian
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v12 n1 Article 8 2018
The following article is based on a piece of qualitative research on the use of role-play in a literature module in the Modern Irish Dept. of University College Cork, Ireland, in 2015. There were 18 students involved in the research. The aim of the research was to investigate if students associate learning with the use of role-play in literature lectures, and the findings indicate that students do indeed associate many different types of learning with role-play. Role-play is used widely in language classes but less widely in literature lectures. Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs); questionnaires; a focus group; and essays were used as a means of gathering data. The research findings indicate that students are nervous when first presented with the prospect of doing role-play in class; however, the findings show that these feelings soon give way to an acceptance of role-play and an appreciation of this teaching methodology as beneficial to both teaching and learning. The students who took part in the study were very enthusiastic about the group work involved in preparing and performing role-play. The lectures and role-play were all carried out through the medium of the Irish language. While the authors recognise that role-play may not lend itself to all teaching contexts, they wish to encourage other literature teachers to experiment with role-play.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland
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