The Østerskov Efterskole in Denmark is taught through role-playing

The Østerskov Efterskole in Denmark is taught through role-playing. With good results, especially in "problem learners". While 40 per cent of the pupils have learning difficulties, the school is not inferior to mainstream schools

Last modified: 27.11.2015

Østerskov Efterskole introduces a new game theme every week which will present a new learning experience.

Luuk Mulder describes, in, how the school uses roleplay to teach the students. In this article he notes:
"The game this week is a little atypical, says Jeppe teacher Steensen. "Normally, all classes are part of a game, but the theme this week brings with it a lesson that in every other game is central." After a brief opening ceremony, which the students are divided into six national teams - Denmark, Sweden and Norway and sporting powerhouses Russia, China and the US - can start the school week.

Oliver (17), Karl-Emil (15) and Nicolaj (15), the latter with the remnants of makeup last night in his neck, representing Russia. And nobody must know the rest of the class. Accentuated with thick Russian accents they proclaim their love for 'Mother Russia' and they contradict each other and the others with Comrade, what the Americans do not appreciate a further table. The small fire was blazing but quickly extinguished when the command is issued for the next few hours.

The country teams are given one hour to compare in a PowerPoint presentation of their countries at different levels with the archrivals. The Russians begin with a comparison of their presidents. "Putin is much tougher than Obama!" they scoff. It is quite remarkable how pupils are left. Through the entire building groups sit behind laptops to make the assignment. Not everyone is as much in his role as Oliver, Karl Emil and Nicolaj. But you do not, everyone is free to fill in his role at their discretion."

Lisa Gjedde from the University of Aalborg, reCreate have done years of research into teaching methods in Østerskov Efterskole. The Østerskov of success is according to Professor Gjedde for the most part in creating an environment where everyone feels safe. They discovered that the school as good scores As regular schools, despite the fact that 40 percent of pupils learning disabilities.

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