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Case Studies - Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation

Summary

A good case study, according to Professor Paul Lawrence is:

“The vehicle by which a chunk of reality is brought into the classroom to be worked over by the class and the instructor. A good case keeps the class discussion grounded upon some of the stubborn facts that must be faced in real life situations.”

This web page outlines what a case study is, how to find/create a case study, and how to effectively use a case study as a learning exercise.

Key Points

  • Use cases that are relatable or "real"
  • Provide ample time for the study of the case, assigning it as homework if the length requires extended study
  • Break the class into groups for small discussion to engage every student

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