Roleplay the focus at new school

A new continuation school will focus on learning solely through games and roleplay. Here, children perform roleplay at Bardatræf in Rebild. - DR.dk

Last modified: 17.06.2015

From http://www.dr.dk/Nyheder/Andre_sprog/English/2015/06/17/132143.htm

Cardboard guns, dressing-up clothes and rubber swords could be essential items in the school bag of pupils at a new continuation school in the town of Fynshav on the South Jutland island of Als.

Denmark is a leader in the development of learning games, and new research from Aalborg University has found that roleplay is an effective way of including academically weaker pupils in lessons.

One Danish continuation school has spent 10 years developing roleplay for use in lessons, and now the new roleplay continuation school, Epos, is set to open in Als in August.

Pupils try out things for themselves
The pupils at Epos will spend a whole year learning solely through games and roleplay.

"Roleplay and games are a good way of learning new things. Pupils have the opportunity to try things out for themselves, make mistakes and create their own experiences," said Mathias Granum, principal of the new school.

Lisa Gjedde, professor of interactive and narrative learning at Aalborg University Copenhagen, believes there are many benefits of using roleplay in lessons.

"It creates a learning community that is inclusive and gives pupils a greater desire for learning, because they can take part in something that they perceive to have a meaningful context," said Gjedde.

Epos has spaces for 70 pupils, 63 of which have already been filled.

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