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A randomised controlled study of role play in a faculty development programme
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care.
2012 (English)In: Medical teacher, ISSN 0142-159X, E-ISSN 1466-187X, Vol. 34, no 2, E123-E128 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: The Stanford Faculty Development Center at Stanford University has developed a teaching improvement course for medical teachers that has been widely disseminated using a train-the-trainer model.

Aims: This study was designed to investigate the relative impact of role playing as an instructional technique within that course for facilitating change in teaching behaviours.

Method: From January 2009 to April 2010, six faculty development courses were delivered at Uppsala University Hospital to 48 physicians from different departments. The standard course presentation includes a range of instructional methods including short lectures, small group discussion, review of video re-enactments, role-play exercises and personal goal setting. For this study, participants were randomised to participate in (1) a 'standard' course with role play or (2) an 'alternative' course with no role play. The effects of the course on teaching performance were assessed with retrospective pre- and post-course self-ratings of 29 specific teaching behaviours.

Results: Self-assessment ratings indicated significantly greater positive changes in teaching behaviour among faculty who attended the standard course (with role play) as compared to those in the alternative course (p=0.015).

Conclusions: This study validates the commonly held view that role play is a useful instructional method for improving teaching.

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2012. Vol. 34, no 2, E123-E128 p.
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Medical and Health Sciences Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-169977DOI: 10.3109/0142159X.2012.644832ISI: 000299701500005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-169977DiVA: diva2:508343
Available from: 2012-03-08 Created: 2012-03-07 Last updated: 2012-03-08Bibliographically approved

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