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The recent widespread rejection of conventional theory and method has led to the evolution of different ways of gathering and analyzing data. This accessible textbook introduces key research methods that challenge psychology's traditional preoccupation with `scientific' experiments. The book provides a well-structured guide to methods, containing a range of qualitative approaches (for example, semi-structured interviews, grounded theory, discourse analysis) alongside a reworking of quantitative methods to suit contemporary psychological research. A number of chapters are also explicitly concerned with research as a dynamic interactive process. The internationally respected contributors steer the reader through the main stag
Chapter 8: Role Play
A researcher is interested in the effects of verbally aggressive language on the individual's situational sense of self in a learning situation. As there would be legitimate ethical concerns about exposing a participant to such abuse within an experiment, a role play format is used. A research confederate explicitly role plays the teacher, either in a no-abuse condition, or in a high verbal abuse condition specifically linked to failure to learn. A role play situation is constructed and a learning task provided. Participants play the part of learner but actually are expected to learn the task set, albeit within a role play setting.
Role plays or simulation techniques are a way of deliberately constructing an approximation of aspects of a ‘real-life’ episode or experience, ...