'The learning sticks': Reflections on a case study of role-playing for sustainability

Gordon, S and Thomas, I 2016, ''The learning sticks': Reflections on a case study of role-playing for sustainability', Environmental Education Research, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 172-190.


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Title 'The learning sticks': Reflections on a case study of role-playing for sustainability
Author(s) Gordon, S
Thomas, I
Year 2016
Journal name Environmental Education Research
Volume number 24
Issue number 2
Start page 172
End page 190
Total pages 18
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Use of role-plays to develop deep student-learning has many advocates. Role-play is a powerful approach for learning that develops relevant skills in a range of disciplines and situations. In Higher Education, sustainability programmes role-play pedagogy appears to have great relevance for developing the competencies that these graduates will need. The ability of role-play pedagogy to develop these competencies was assessed through a case study of students in a first-year subject/course at an Australian university. Analysis of the students' written comments indicate that the students were involved in significant learning, and had made substantial progress in developing five key skills for sustainability. The enjoyment and engagement they demonstrated was an added benefit of their experience and potentially of the role-play approach. While it is acknowledged that a role-play requires careful planning and support, and may be considered resource intensive, it can be argued that the student learning achieved is worth the effort.
Subject Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Higher Education
Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Keyword(s) case-study
Education for Sustainability
Higher Education
review
role-play
DOI - identifier 10.1080/13504622.2016.1190959
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ISSN 1350-4622
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