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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 38

Jigsaw

When a topic can be broken down easily into different components participants can become familiar with one specific and then teach others about it.

Purposes

  • To show how discussion can be used to develop group expertise on a topic
  • To invite participants to become experts by teaching topics to each other
  • To experience two very different discussion dynamics—one in which people learn together and one in which they teach each other

How It Works

  • A relatively large group decides to study a topic that lends itself to being broken down into five or six subtopics.
  • Small groups of five or six form around each subtopic. The number of participants in each group should be the same as the number of subtopics.
  • In the first “expert” ...

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