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Role Play

Role Play
Theory and Practice

May 1997 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Role play, or simulation, techniques are used as important tools in many contexts and disciplines, including research, psychotherapy, organizational change and education. Role play is generally characterized as a method to approximate `real life' experiences in certain settings, yet the results can be disappointing due to lack of knowledge and understanding of the techniques involved.

Amply illustrated through helpful and practical vignettes, this wide-ranging volume provides an explanation of role play theory and practice. Readers are shown how role play differs from other experimental or therapeutic techniques, and are introduced to the key requirements of good technique. The author does not offer a recipe book of solutions, but surveys the literature to offer a solid theoretical grasp of the subject.

An Epistemological Context for the Use of Role Play
An Overview of Current Role Play Practice
Role Play Practice Today
Focusing Specifically on Technique

Reflections upon Extant Definitions of Role Play
Redefining Role Play and General Methodological and Technical Considerations
On Involvement, Engagement and Technique in Role Plays
Conceptual Underpinnings of Three Key Induction Principles

Overview of Practical Implications for Good Induction
Practical Overview of Induction Principles
Concluding Remarks


`This book offers a comprehensive survey of the literature of role play and delves deeply into the associated theory... it is an important contribution in that it seeks to offer "an explanation of the theory and practice of role play" in a way which has not been done previously. The literature of role play is thoroughly investigated and reported... for anyone wishing to make a case for role play or writing up a project which makes use of role play, this is excellent source material' - British Journal of Psychodrama & Sociodrama

`[A] meticulous exploration of the origins, underpinnings and applications of role play in research, training and clinical contexts. Yardley-Matwiejczuk takes a rigorous scientist-practitioner approach, carefully examining the theoretical and methodological foundations of the technique. For many of us, I suspect, these have never been made explicit... Role Play: Theory and Practice represents a long overdue critical review of current practice, and certainly challenged me to question my approach to role play both as a facilitator and a participant... should interest trainers, researchers and practitioners alike' - Clinical Psychology Forum

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