Case Study Type:
DIAGNOSIS, DEVELOPMENT, EVALUATION,
Description and suggested uses:
With a role play case study, the trainees participating receive outlines of the
roles that they have agreed to assume and are then free to develop the
characterization of the roles as they see fit. The roles are written on the basis
of actual incidents with the characters being the participants in the incident. A
brief summary of the incident is presented by the instructor to "set the scene"
before the trainees begin the role play. Role plays usually are not scripted;
consequently, the outcome cannot be predetermined. When role playing is
used, it generates a near-live case study for subsequent analysis and an
opportunity for the players to experience the feelings of being themselves in the
case situation, in which they can test the validity of their views. Role playing is
an excellent way to teach and evaluate affective learning objectives.
Simulator scenarios are a form of role play, because the simulator is set to
provide a certain facility condition and the trainees are trained and evaluated on
the required responses.
Role plays can be combined with other types of case studies to enhance the
learning. Role plays can be used anywhere within a lesson plan: as a motivator,
an internal transition, or for evaluation.