10/03/2015 - Reflections on the use of role plays to present scientific papers.

Now that the semester is almost at the end I can finally make sense of what we achieved in the course of this new module, called ‘Social aspects of development’. There was a student today, a young lady, one among those presenting. She ran behind me after I had left “Madam, I wanted to thank you. I have never stand in front of an audience before. Today I have presented a paper and I have also performed a play in front of the class. I never thought I could be able to do this. Thank you”.Fullscreen capture 3102015 114700 PM

If anything will remain with the students after our meetings, this is it. I have seen students that I knew since last year transforming from being very quiet and not daring to look into my eyes, to making interventions and acting in a way that left me speechless. I have seen them becoming confident, and participating, even more than others who had been extrovert since the beginning. I have seen them blossoming.  Today they amazed and inspired me, once more!Fullscreen capture 3102015 114438 PM

And I see other wonders that this method (role-play) can do – It enables students to learn and communicate using new ways of thinking. One week ago I asked to the students whether they can feel the difference in the way they think and they said that in this module they use their imagination, and they had never done that before. In order to prepare their role play they use the scientific paper they have been assigned, and I actually believe that they are more accurate than they usually are when asked to present and discuss the same paper in a standard way (which is what we do in the other module, the ‘Seminars’).Fullscreen capture 3102015 114151 PM

So much we achieved working together in a short period of time.

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