DSSEP Home Page Jigsaw: Cooperative
Learning Strategies

1. Select a topic, concept, theme, issue and break it into part (e.g. Civil War - short term causes, long term causes, short term effects, long term effects).


2. Place students in expert groups.


3. Assign each group a piece of the "puzzle" (i.e. short term causes, long term causes...) and ask them to develop an expertise in that piece.


4. Send individual "experts" into mixed groups (i.e. ones with different expertise) and have them share their expertise.

Recommended Readings: Cooperative Learning: Theory Research and Practice by Robert E. Slavin. Published by Allyn and Bacon, 1990.

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