Active Replay: Clarifying What Happened

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Intent or purpose: 
Clarifying what happened by 1. keeping everyone in the group informed about what others were doing (especially where a group has split into smaller units during an activity) 2. informing others outside the group about a group event (or possibly just to update the trainer following an independent exercise) 3. reconstructing a distant or complex event (to help people recall and relive the facts and feelings of an event)
Used as component of: 
This is part of the Active Reviewing suite of methods.
Recommended size of group: 
1-10
11-25
Remarks about group size: 
between 2 and 25
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Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
Shared understanding of group activities.
Level of participation: 
high
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Not set
Procedures: 

When the sub groups of a larger group need to share some part of the work they have done while away from the larger groups,.

1. For each team sharing their activity divide the team into two sub groups. One subgroup takes the roles (people, objects, places, etc.) and re-enact what happened or a scene from different angles.

2. The other team members narriate the story of the event or clarify why it happened, how it happened, what the outcomes were and the conclusion.

3. Lead a discussion about the event.

How flexible is the process?: 
This can be used in a number of ways.
Background
Developer: 
Roger Greenway
Derived from: 
An earlier version of this article appeared in Bulletin, Group Relations Training Association, (1983). This version was revised in 1996 as a handout for reviewing skills training. It includes references to material that now appears in 'Playback: A Guide to Reviewing Activities' (1993), published by the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in association with Endeavour Scotland, and written by Roger Greenaway.
References: 
Greenaway, R. (1993). Active reviewing. Retrieved March 2, 2008, from http://reviewing.co.uk/actrev.htm
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