This activity expands on the jigsaw strategy by getting students to develop expertise on not one, but two different key concepts in recreation management; what is a program area of recreation programming (e.g., arts, fitness, outdoors, hobbies, dance, etc.), and how to link it with different program formats (workshops, events, recreational, instructional, competitive). In groups students will also explore how these concepts vary regardless of facility.
In their groups, students first learn about the specifics of a program area. They are expected to brainstorm ideas and ensure that everyone in the group understands the concept. They then re-group so that each new group has one person from each program area. The instructor then assigns each new group a program format, and they discuss and apply it to their program area. Finally, students go back into their original groups and plan how each program format can fit their program area and create a sample overview, identifying examples of programming an agency could plan or implement.
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