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ERIC Number: EJ1029853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1043-4046
Having Fun and Accepting Challenges Are Natural Instincts: Jigsaw Puzzles to Challenge Students and Test Their Abilities While Having Fun!
Rodenbaugh, Hanna R.; Lujan, Heidi L.; Rodenbaugh, David W.; DiCarlo, Stephen E.
Advances in Physiology Education, v38 n2 p185-186 Jun 2014
Because jigsaw puzzles are fun, and challenging, students will endure and discover that persistence and grit are rewarded. Importantly, play and fun have a biological place just like sleep and dreams. Students also feel a sense of accomplishment when they have completed a puzzle. Importantly, the reward of mastering a challenge builds confidence to take on subsequent challenges. This article describes a project with first year medical students, using a commercially available, inexpensive puzzle maker to create six piece jigsaw puzzles. Students were required to construct the puzzle, tape the pieces together, and write a caption describing the figure.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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