NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ796717
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1871-1871
The Therapeutic Stage Encounters the Virtual World
Imholz, Susan
Thinking Skills and Creativity, v3 n1 p47-52 Apr 2008
Clinical research in expressive therapies, psychodrama in particular, offer education researchers and software designers descriptive analyses and evidence-based impact studies on attitudinal shifts and enhanced problem solving abilities for patients and students who participate in psychodrama role-play. Gaming environments and virtual worlds that use purposeful role-play as a central activity of their milieu are in need of additional evaluative frameworks to assess their efficacy as an educational medium. The dynamic quality and complexity of these interactive informal learning environments defy measurement and analysis using single research paradigms. Clinical research on psychodrama practice as a therapeutic activity that considers both cognitive and emotional outcomes of role-play as change agent and a process that contributes to personal growth is discussed. The article summarizes psychodrama research, includes a discussion of its application to the evaluation of role-play in gaming and virtual worlds, and offers a bibliography for exploring this subject in more depth.
Elsevier. 6277 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, FL 32887-4800. Tel: 877-839-7126; Tel: 407-345-4020; Fax: 407-363-1354; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A