Teaching With Case Studies in Higher Education

Teaching With Case Studies in Higher Education

Lynne Orr (William Paterson University, USA & Walden University, USA) and Linda Weekley (Walden University, USA)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 29
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9429-1.ch009

Abstract

Case-based instruction is one method of active learning that has proven to be beneficial in many educational settings. This chapter will provide a background in the use of case-based instruction in various settings across higher education, discussing the benefits and the limitations. Instruction on how to write case studies, how to introduce the use of this instructional method to students, and how to implement case-based instruction with excellence will be offered. Every educational setting has a slightly different set of expectations and parameters. The information contained in this chapter will include how to write and implement case studies in higher education. Information concerning the medical fields, business education, and teacher preparation courses will be included.
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Background

To establish a firm background in CBI, the following information is presented to discuss the beginnings of its uses in the medical field, in business education, and in teacher preparation programs. To give the readers a fair evaluation of CBI, research comparing the success of students taught using traditional lecture-based instruction to those taught using CBI methods has been summarized, as well.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Case-Based Instruction: A teaching technique that instructs by using real-life or simulated scenarios requiring the student to use acquired knowledge and analytic skills to solve a problem.

Simulation-Based Training: Instructional method using a simulation to mimic a real-life situation. This form of instruction is often used in the medical field to allow the student to practice skills in a safe environment.

Experiential Learning: A form of education allowing the student to experience certain facets of the lesson. Both simulation-based training and case-based instruction are forms of experiential learning.

Student Teacher: Teacher training programs at universities generally allow potential teacher candidates to practice in various classroom settings under close supervision of a veteran teacher. These students are called student teachers.

Critical Thinking: The ability to process information presented, analyze it and think logically about the information, while predicting an outcome of a decision. The student can then make a well thought out decision concerning what to do or what to believe.

Self-Directed Learning: Learning process that a student completes without the guidance of the instructor.

Flipped Classroom: Many instructors in higher education settings ask students to study a subject before coming to class. The assignment may include watching a video or reading an article or a chapter. The instructor expects the student to be prepared to discuss the content or ask questions. Case studies are often presented in this manner, so that group work can begin immediately when students enter the class.

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