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The case study instructional strategy allows learners to apply analysis, knowledge, and problem-solving skills to real-life scenarios. Learners are provided with an actual problem or dilemma and must critically untangle the issue to arrive at a solution. This may be conducted individually or as a part of a group.
- Learners are often engaged by real-life situations
- Real-life examples can make it easier to understand abstract concepts
- Allows theory and ideas to be applied practically
- Provide the case-study and necessary background information
- Define process for analysis (e.g. in groups or individually)
- Set time limits for analysis
- Summarize findings
- Define what action will be taken after findings are shared
- Define the underlying issue(s) of the case
- Outline the cases’ contributing factors
- Discuss why the problem exists
- Connect problem to class outcomes to determine what principles can be used to solve the issue.
- Determine best possible solution
Pattison, P., & Day, R. (2006). Instruction Skills Workshop (ISW) Handbook for Participants. Vancouver: The Instructional Skills Workshop International Advisory Committee.