What is the Jig-Saw method?

The Jig-Saw method is a way to organize collaboration and division of tasks among students. Students study part of the material, explain the essence of it to their group members and jointly make a summary in which the material that the different group members have studied must be used.

Didactic added value

Students are placed in an active role and all have room for their own input . There is mutual dependence whereby students must work together towards a common goal. Piggybacking is made difficult and immediately noticed. In addition, students learn from and with each other. For teachers, this method means that clear insight is gained into the learning process and the difficulties and misconceptions of students. In addition, they do not have to give a long explanation about a certain learning content.


Divide the material / teaching material into a number of equivalent and logical parts (maximum 8), depending on the number of students in the group. A maximum of 5 students may study the same component. Each part can be studied independently of the other. Assign each student one of the components with the self-study assignment to make a summary of the main points of view herein. Put students who have studied the same component (that is a maximum of 5) together in groups. In the groups, the students check the understanding of the material among themselves. Then assemble new groups in such a way that all parts of the material are covered in each group. Students explain to their fellow group members what they have studied, so that the entire material is ultimately discussed and summarized.

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