The use of role play in enhancing student learning

Lindsey Stevenson-Graf

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In this paper I explore whether role play may be effectively used during lectures that address controversial moral issues, in order to provide students with a deeper understanding of various perspectives on the issues. For the past three years, I have been tutoring and lecturing in the subject Contemporary Issues in Law & Society (CILS) in the Faculty of Law at Bond University. One of the objectives of CILS is to encourage students to explore their opinions with respect to whether or how a variety of contemporary and controversial topics should be regulated by law. Some of the topics we address include: same sex marriage, freedom of expression and pornography, and the mandatory detention of asylum seekers. I believe role play enhances student learning by providing students with opportunities to experience firsthand how it feels to be someone else. Because of my personal interest in refugee issues, this paper explores the use of role play in teaching about the mandatory detention of asylum seekers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScholarship of learning and teaching @ Bond
EditorsK Wood, D Knight, S Kinash
Place of PublicationGold Coast, QLD
PublisherBond University
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781922183033
ISBN (Print)9781922183026
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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