Speaking, Arguing and Writing
What is a case?
A case is a story. Cases recount–as objectively and meticulously as possible–real (or realistic) events or problems so that students experience the complexities, ambiguities, and uncertainties confronted by the original participants in the case (be they decision-makers in the academic sphere, grassroots organizers, or government officials). As they "inhabit" a case, students must tease out key components from the real messiness of the contradictory and complicated information.
Why I use cases for teaching and learning:
are interesting and they are real! They make course content relevant to students in an extraordinarily powerful way.
Case learning depends on inductive reasoning, making content the very
- Case learning sharpens communication and critical thinking skills as students apply knowledge and evaluate options in order to solve the problem at hand.
- Case discussions teach students to listen carefully to each
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