Role play is a simulation inwhich each pa Role play is asimulation in which eachparticipant is given a role toplay. Trainees are given withsome information related todescription of therole, concerns, objectives, responsibilities, emotions, etc.Then, a general description ofthe situation, and the problemthat each one of them faces, isgiven.
For instance, situation couldbe strike in factory, managingconflict, two parties inconflict, scheduling vacationdays, etc. Once theparticipants read their roledescriptions, they act out theirroles by interacting with oneanother.
Role Plays helps in · Developing interpersonal skills andcommunication skills· Conflict resolution· Group decision making Developing insight into one’s ownbehavior and its impact on others
There are various types of roleplays, such as:Multiple Role Play – In this type of roleplay, all trainees are in groups, with eachgroup acting out the role playsimultaneously. After the role play, eachgroup analyzes the interactions andidentifies the learning points.Single Role Play – One group ofparticipants plays the role for therest, providing demonstrations ofsituation. Other participants observe therole play, analyze their interactions withone another and learn from the play.
Role Rotation – It starts as asingle role play. After theinteraction of participants, thetrainer will stop the role playand discuss what happened sofar. Then the participants areasked to exchange characters.This method allows a variety ofways to approach the roles.Spontaneous Role Play – In thiskind of role play, one of thetrainees plays herself while theother trainees play people withwhom the first participantinteracted before.
ROLE PLAYING•Ask for volunteers from thegroup to participate in a roleplaying exercise .• Use one of the case studies asthe “script” for the role playingexercise.• Assign parts, and supply a fewsimple props to increase realism.• Allow each volunteer to brieflyreview their part, then start therole playing exercise in front ofthe entire group.
• Only allow the role playing sessionto run about 3 to 5 minutes, andthen thank all the participants.•After the role playing session isover explain to the group: “Roleplaying can add new perspectivesand reveal interesting dynamics asthe participants act out a simulatedconfrontation. Now we willexamine the Role Playing methodfurther.”•Display the opening slide of theRole Playing segment.
ROLE PLAYING PROS & CONSADVANTAGES:• Role playing is an excellent forum forexploring the topics of ethics andconflict resolution.• Participants can “feel a newviewpoint” through dynamic roleplaying.• Individuals are often inclined toexpress true feelings when role playing.• The group listens better and learnsmore because they are seeing andhearing the subject matter as it is actedout.
DRAWBACKS:• Role playing requires careful selectionof situations to be effective.• Role playing impedes free expressionif participants are not volunteers• The themes for role playing exercisesmust avoid potential conflicts with theprinciples of the Scout Oath/Law,religious teaching, or other groups.