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The learning process where the participants take on the role of specific individuals in order to develop particular skills and to meet particular learning objectives.

This is particularly useful for learning within a controlled environment, which reduces the risk to individual students. For example, this approach can be used to improve or to develop communication or interview skills.

This method does require a skilful tutor as the students can sometimes feel threatened and their confidence can be severely damaged if the situation is not controlled and supported by a tutor.

(08 Mar 2006)