Role-Play Realising its Potential for Workplace Learning

Jenny Hutt has worked as an organisational learning and development consultant for nineteen years. She is based in Melbourne and works with public and private sectors in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Jenny is a Sociodramatist and TEP-in-training. She is on the teaching staff of the Australian College of Psychodrama and is Immediate Past President of ANZPA.

The practitioners who introduced role-plays to workplaces in the 1940s and 1950s found they could transform employee relations, staff selection and ways of conducting meetings, conferences and job-related learning (Bavelas, 1947; Zander & Lippitt, 1944; Miller, 1951, 1953; French, 1945; Stahl, 1954; Williams & Folger, 1948; and Lippitt & Hubbell, 1956). They noticed it made learning dynamic, less theoretical and more relevant to real life.

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