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Designing Role Plays

Design your role plays in three parts: preparation, enactment, and analysis. Prepare trainees by explaining role play objectives and reading role descriptions. Start enactments without dramatic buildup, and focus on learning desired skills and behaviors. Analyze participants' success with applying the new behaviors, not their acting ability. Permit trainees to demonstrate their alternative interpretations of roles.

Begin by writing simple role plays, using short sentences and a job-related vocabulary; then build up to complex ones. Define clear purposes and training objectives through the use of surveys, interviews, and questionnaires regarding training needs. Identify goals and problems related to these objectives, and design component roles and situations accordingly. Prepare instructions well in advance so that you can test them to ensure that participants will understand what they are to do and why. Design a discussion format of key issues.


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