Jigsaw exercises

A jigsaw exercise typically has three stages:

1. Young people form base groups –usually with three or four members. They are given descriptions of the enquiry groups in which they will be working in the next stage and they decide amongst themselves who will go to which enquiry group. They go as representatives of their base group, with the responsibility of reporting back in the third stage.

2. Young people work in enquiry groups, each enquiry group engaging in a different task.

3. They return to their base groups and report back on what they have done and learnt.

With nearly all the activities in this pack it is possible and valuable to organize a jigsaw exercise. One of the advantages of such exercises is that young people are given responsibility for informing and ‘teaching’ each other.



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