Case studies are often used in business schools, law schools, medical schools and in the social sciences, but they can be used in any discipline when instructors want students to explore how what they have learned applies to real world situations. Cases come in many formats, from a simple “What would you do in this situation?” question to a detailed description of a situation with accompanying data to analyze.
Advantages to the use of case studies in class
A major advantage of teaching with case studies is that the students are actively engaged in figuring out the principles by abstracting from the examples. This develops their skills in:
- Problem solving
- Analytical tools, quantitative and/or qualitative, depending on the case
- Decision making in complex situations
- Coping with ambiguities
Teaching with Case Studies – http://www.stanford.edu/dept/CTL/cgi-bin/docs/newsletter/case_studies.pdf
Download Teaching Materials Using Case Studies – http://www.materials.ac.uk/guides/1-casestudies.pdf
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April was National Poetry month and while I did not post about Poetry in April, I am going to do so in May.
President Obama & Poets at the White House
GREAT resources for Poetry in the Classroom – http://teacher.scholastic.com/poetry/
How About Some Digital Poetry – http://www.edutopia.org/blog/digital-poetry-terry-heick