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Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice
Wednesday, June 17 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
CON04.CreativeDiscussion02 - What if you were an atom? Role playing as a mean to covey practical concepts in applied sciences

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Role playing is a form of psychodrama, where individuals act adopted roles, accordingly improvising behavior in a structured setting. Role playing is often used for training professionals or in classrooms with subjects such as law, literature, history, languages, biology and other sciences. In higher education, role playing can be a strategy for student engagement in large classes: even when not all students are directly involved, role playing sessions are powerful means to induce independent thinking and active participation in the whole class. In the authors experience, interesting results have emerged applying role playing to the teaching of physical phenomena or technology apparatuses and processes: guiding students to behave for example as atoms in a water molecule, or electrical charges in a modern computer has very positive implications on class engagement and the understanding of critical concepts.

The discussion is addressed to teachers and teaching staff interested in methodologies for "participatory learning" and students engagement in large classes. The proposal targets a 50-minute deep-dice conversation:

(10 mins) Introducing literature guidelines for role playing in classroom

(20 mins ) Case Studies: description of results emerged applying role playing to the teaching of physical phenomena or technology apparatuses and processes 

(20 mins): DISCUSSION: Attendees are encouraged to (i) comment on feasibility, limitations and benefits of introducing role playing in their area of expertise (ii) discuss the potential of role playing for student engagement and as a way to increase material learning and assessment skills


Wednesday June 17, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
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