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Reshaping dominant stories : a poststructuralist approach to online role play

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posted on 2010-01-01, 00:00 authored by Mary Dracup
Online role play is an increasingly popular teaching/learning technique in higher education (Wills & McDougall 2009) but there has been little research into ways a poststructuralist approach may be supported in this format. This paper describes two very different means of incorporating a poststructuralist approach into role plays in higher education to problematise dominant assumptions in the language and content of the subject matter. The first method was a series of interventions in a face-to-face role play in which medical students practised consultations with adolescent school students. The consultations were interrupted repeatedly with activities designed to interrogate assumptions and the school students acted as coaches to improve the medical students' technique. Although this role play was performed face-to-face, some of its activities may be redeveloped to suit an online role-playing format. The second method was a feature of an online role play involving Middle-East politics and journalism students, in which daily online newspapers provided a reflecting and distorting mirror to the political events simulated by the politics students. Indications of ways in which the two methods produced changes in understanding were gathered using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative methods: questionnaires, focus groups, interviews, participant observation and analysis of online discussions and artefacts.

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Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference (33rd : 2010 : Melbourne, Vic.)

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1 - 10

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HERDSA

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

Place of publication

Milperra, N.S.W.

Start date

2010-07-06

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2010-07-09

Language

eng

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Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

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E1.1 Full written paper - refereed; E Conference publication

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2010, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia

Related work

DU:30042602

Title of proceedings

HERDSA 2010 : Proceedings of the 33rd Annual HERDSA Conference

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