ERIC Number: EJ837239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 13
Solutions-Focused Role Play: Its Use in Training Peer Helpers
Beale, Andrew V.; Hall, Kimberly R.
Perspectives in Peer Programs, v19 n4 p143-147 Win-Spr 2005
Solutions-focused role play provides students with structured opportunities to transfer what they have learned to authentic situations they are likely to encounter as peer helpers. Rather than coming up with a single way to solve a problem, students are encouraged to explore multiple possible solutions. Peer training programs have traditionally relied upon role play as an essential active learning opportunity for peer helpers. The essence of role play as a pedagogical tool rests on the belief that experience is the best teacher. This article suggests some guidelines to ensure that peer helpers get the most from role play. It discusses the steps in developing solutions-focused role play scenarios, as well as the steps in analyzing the role play scenario and coming up with plausible explanations. It also discusses the importance of having a discussion with students after the role play process. By following the guidelines presented in this article, peer trainers can add an additional learning tool to their training repertoires.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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