Case Study Approach To Learning

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Case Study Approach To Learning

  1. 1. Case Study Approach to Learning
  2. 2. Case Study Approach to Learning <ul><li>What is a case study? </li></ul><ul><li>A case study is a “real-world” example of the </li></ul><ul><li>content or steps in the instructional systems design </li></ul><ul><li>approach, it connects theory to practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Case studies are practical examples or uses of </li></ul><ul><li>information that you have already learned in your </li></ul><ul><li>courses. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Case Study Approach to Learning What is a case study? It is an actual administrative situation involving a decision to be made or a problem to be solved. A real situation that actually happened just as described, or portions have been disguised for reasons of privacy. They are written so that the reader takes the place of the manager whose responsibility is to make decisions to help solve the problem. In most case studies, a decision must be made, that could be to leave the situation as it is and do nothing.
  4. 4. Case Study Approach to Learning What is the purpose of a Case Study? It is a learning tool in which students and Instructors participate in direct discussion, as opposed to the lecture method, where the Instructor speaks and students listen and take notes. Here, students teach themselves, with the Instructor being an active guide, rather than just a talking. The focus is on students learning through their joint, co-operative effort.
  5. 5. Case Study Approach to Learning <ul><li>How do you analyze a case? </li></ul><ul><li>Begin by understanding the context in which the </li></ul><ul><li>case is being analyzed or discussed. </li></ul><ul><li>What is the topic being discussed this week? </li></ul><ul><li>How does this case relate to the topic? </li></ul><ul><li>Read the case. For the first reading, get the “big </li></ul><ul><li>picture”, the characters, the setting, and the </li></ul><ul><li>context. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Case Study Approach to Learning <ul><li>Next ... </li></ul><ul><li>Read the case again - actively take notes or </li></ul><ul><li>underline passages. </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze the case. Identify the key issues, consider </li></ul><ul><li>the perspectives of the key players, generate </li></ul><ul><li>possible solutions, think about consequences of </li></ul><ul><li>various paths of action, weight the advantages and </li></ul><ul><li>limitations of solutions. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Case Study Approach to Learning <ul><li>and then ... </li></ul><ul><li>Actively participate in the class discussion. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning is best when you are an active participant. </li></ul><ul><li>- Reflect on the case-learning experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Think about ways you could apply the lessons from </li></ul><ul><li>the case study to your own life and professional </li></ul><ul><li>practice. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Case Study Approach to Learning <ul><li>Become a reflective thinker ... </li></ul><ul><li>View the situation from multiple perspectives. How </li></ul><ul><li>would each person in the case study view the </li></ul><ul><li>situation? </li></ul><ul><li>- Search for multiple solutions. </li></ul><ul><li>Generate a list of advantages and limitations for </li></ul><ul><li>each possible solution. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a position and justify it with the evidence in the </li></ul><ul><li>case. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Case Study Approach to Learning <ul><li>Characteristics of Case Studies </li></ul><ul><li>There is no ONE right answer. </li></ul><ul><li>There is more than one way to look at things – there </li></ul><ul><li>are different points of view. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep an open mind: suspend judgment until all </li></ul><ul><li>ideas are considered. </li></ul><ul><li>Be leery of assumptions and generalizations: avoid </li></ul><ul><li>seeing things in the extreme. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Case Study Approach to Learning <ul><li>Finally </li></ul><ul><li>Expect to get better at analyzing situations over </li></ul><ul><li>time. </li></ul><ul><li>- Focus on your analysis skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Take time to reflect on each case after class. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to apply the lessons from the case study to your </li></ul><ul><li>personal and professional practice. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Case Study Approach to Learning <ul><li>Uses of Case Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Primarily for adult learners in training situations, </li></ul><ul><li>including recertification. </li></ul><ul><li>Team building activities in organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>Practice client interaction skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Practice use of analytical skills. </li></ul><ul><li>To ask “what if?” questions and review basic </li></ul><ul><li>knowledge. </li></ul>

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