A Carousel Brainstorm is good for generating large numbers of responses to questions or issues. In doing so, the Carousel Brainstorm informally assesses the knowledge of the participants and frames the learning around a particular focus. It can serve as a warm-up process for highlighting an agenda or as a synthesis of learning at the end of a session. It is also physically active and good for times when participants’ energy is low. A Carousel Brainstorm is usually about 45 minutes in length. 1999 by the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory
begin the brainstorming process. After a few minutes of brainstorming as a small group,
they move on to the next question and repeat the brainstorming process. This continues
until all groups have had the opportunity to brainstorm around each question. There are a
variety of ways to summarize learning and bring closure to the group process.
The specific purposes of the Carousel Brainstorm are the following: