The effectiveness of incentive-driven role-play

Dingli, S. , Khalfey, S. and Leston-Bandeira, C. (2013) The effectiveness of incentive-driven role-play. European Political Science, 12(3), pp. 384-398. (doi: 10.1057/eps.2013.19)

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This article introduces an innovative approach to the role-play teaching technique: one driven by the presence of substance incentives. We analyse the effectiveness of this incentive-driven role-play approach in the engagement of students with International Relations and Security Studies seminars. We assess its usefulness on multiple fronts. We propose that incentive-driven role-play is an effective method of teaching that caters for students’ different learning styles, particularly in theory topics. Its interactive component makes theory tangible for students, allowing them to grasp why certain actions are taken and the consequences of these actions. The use of incentives was found to be important in ensuring motivation, participation and providing easily understandable outcomes that can be transferred to the theory they were studying. This article also highlights the practicalities involved in incentive-driven role-play exercises, noting the importance of clear instructions and precursor lectures on the subject matter.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dingli, Dr Sophia
Authors: Dingli, S., Khalfey, S., and Leston-Bandeira, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:European Political Science
ISSN (Online):1682-0983
Published Online:10 May 2013

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