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International Journal of Education and Practice

September 2013, Volume 1, 6, pp 64-74

Using Jigsaw Technique as an Effective Way of Promoting Co-Operative Learning Among Primary Six Pupils in Fijai

Francis Hull Adams

Francis Hull Adams 1

  1. Holy Child College of Education, Takoradi Ghana 1

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Pages: 64-74

DOI: 10.18488/journal.61/2013.1.6/61.6.64.74

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Abstract:

The focus of the study was to improve upon cooperative learning with the use of Jigsaw technique in Basic six of Holy Child Practice Primary School. Action research design was used in addition to a Case study design to conduct the study.  The research instruments were observation and questionnaire. The researcher employed the Jigsaw technique as the intervention. The sample size used was 40, made up of 30 pupils and 10 teachers from the same institution. Responses gathered from both the observation and the  administration of the instruments indicate that some of the causes of pupils poor performance in school were poor teaching methods during lessons and the inability of teachers to vary teaching techniques. It was observed during the research period that pupils had problems in actively participating in lessons. More so pupils did not know how to learn in groups.  It also came to light that lack of understanding of collaborative and cooperative learning was the pupils’ deficiency. The study therefore empowered both teachers and pupils to resort to the use of collaborative learning due to its immense benefits.

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Keywords:

Co-operative learning, Jigsaw, Collaborative learning

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This study received no specific financial support.

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The author declare that there are no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

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