Defining Case Studies 1.Complex, real world scenarios 2.Supporting information 3.Open-ended problems 4.Prompts and questions
Defining Case Studies Focus – Descriptive or illustrative – Decision or action oriented – Debates – Simulations or games Lengths – Long form narratives or simulations – Short-form cases – Minicases – Bullet cases
Inquiry based learning “ …careful inspection of methods which are permanently successful in formal education… will reveal that they depend for their efficiency upon the fact that they go back to the type of situation which causes reflection out of school in ordinary life…. They give the pupil something to do, not something to learn, and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking.” John Dewey, Democracy and Education. 1916
Active, social learning “…the students strive to resolve questions that have no single right answer. Their differing views and approaches produce a creative tension that fuels the enterprise and a synergistic outcome that both recognizes and exceeds their individual contributions. In their effort to find solutions and reach decisions through discussion, they sort out factual data, apply analytical tools, articulate issues, reflect on their relevant experience, and draw conclusions they can carry forward to new situations. – Boehrer, J. and M. Linsky. “Teaching with Cases: Learning to Question.” In M.D. Svinicki (ed.), The Changing Face of College
Case Teaching Methods Clarify objectives Plan and Prepare Organize discussion – Small teams – Clear project goals – Clear roles – Clear schedule for writing, presentations
Case Teaching Methods Discussion – Disclose context – Questioning to explore relevant angles Analysis of the problem Application of theory – Listening carefully, paraphrasing – Capturing positions and suggested actions – Clarification of debates - differences, compromises – Next steps for research, discussion, action – Lessons – Evaluation
Case Teaching Methods Writing cases – Backwards design – Open ended, no one right answer – Presents enough information for analysis – Presents, not evaluates problem – Allows for multiple realistic positions – Use and edit Student cases – Experience with cases in class – Heightens benefits of case teaching – Best cases
Case Sites Science – National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Engineering and Material Sciences – Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Research Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Research – UK Centre for Materials Education UK Centre for Materials Education Business – Harvard Business School Harvard Business School – University of Washington, Evans School of Public AffairsEvans School of Public Affairs
Case Sites Political Science or Policy – Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Case Studies in Public Policy & Management Case Studies in Public Policy & Management – McGill University Peacebuilding Simulation McGill University Peacebuilding Simulation – University of Washington, Evans School of Public AffairsEvans School of Public Affairs Other social sciences – Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Case Studies in Public Policy & Management Case Studies in Public Policy & Management – University of California, Santa Barbara Case List University of California, Santa Barbara Case List History – Women in World History, Teaching Case Studies Women in World History, Teaching Case Studies Multiculturalism and diversity – Online Ethics Center Online Ethics Center – U of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Center on Women and Public PolicyHubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Discussion Think of a course and a potential lesson for which you might like to teach a case study. What benefits and challenges do you foresee? If you already teach using the case method, how might you enhance your use of it?
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