When Eric met Sally: putting the drama into ethics teaching

Middleton, Dave (2009). When Eric met Sally: putting the drama into ethics teaching. Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, 1(3)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.11120/elss.2009.01030009


This paper considers the use of a scripted drama in the teaching of ethics to postgraduate research students. The drama was developed as part of a suite of research training materials called Doing Political Research. These materials were developed with the purpose of using multimedia within an active learning environment. The paper argues that the approach is based on an appreciation of the role of film drama in teaching contexts. Whilst those who have used commercial films in their teaching have questioned the authenticity of the materials, it is argued that a specially scripted drama turns the relationship around. Instead of learning being implied through drama, the drama is constructed specifically to facilitate learning. This use of drama is based on aspects of role-play theory. Students are asked to empathise with the characters in the drama and to draw conclusions about the appropriateness of the characters’ actions.

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