Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 231–246 | Cite as

Role play simulations: The assessment of an active learning technique and comparisons with traditional lectures

  • Kristina M. DeNeve
  • Mary J. Heppner


Although effective teaching is focusing more on the need to use active learning techniques, the research literature regarding the efficacy of various teaching methods is inconclusive. An innovative active learning technique combining the features of role plays and simulations for an industrial psychology course is presented. Subjective reports and objective assessments of knowledge retention measured at two distinct times indicated the role play simulation is an effective teaching technique. The differential importance of active learning and passive learning (i.e., lectures) techniques for the college classroom was also examined. Finally, the application of this technique for several college courses is presented.


Social Psychology Active Learning Research Literature Teaching Method Learning Technique 
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  • Kristina M. DeNeve
  • Mary J. Heppner

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