Case Studies in
Teaching (Offered as 1 Unit OR 2 Unit course)
The course is based on the case method. Participants will be presented
a series of teaching challenges and issues through the use of cases and
vignettes that represent common teaching situations in and out of the
classroom. The case method is an “active learning” pedagogy. To a large
degree, you are responsible for your own learning. The case discussion
setting becomes a learning laboratory in which you can try out ideas
about teaching with a group of colleagues. You will have opportunities
to move the case discussion in directions that will be helpful to you.
At the same time you will unavoidably be exposed to alternative
perspectives on teaching situations, perspectives that may open up new
and unexpected avenues of thought. According to the Center for Case
Studies in Education, “The process is designed so as not to bring
complete closure to the topics discussed; rather, it raises questions
and provokes action on the part of the participants to begin to find
answers to the questions themselves - surely a learning process with a
much higher success rate than telling participants answers.”
Ultimately, case studies in teaching are about “reflective practice.”
As professionals we have a responsibility to reflect critically on what
we do. Case studies provide focal points for reflective inquiry into
the common events and practices of teaching. As Kenneth Eble says, “It
is attention to the particulars that brings any craft or art to a high
degree of development.”
Student Learning Outcomes
Examine, analyze, and debate
teaching and classroom management issues through the use of case
Discuss, demonstrate, and evaluate
the goals and techniques of the case study method.
Discuss and practice classroom
discussion and role-playing techniques. (This objective is
omitted in the 1 Unit version of this
Write and present an original case
study about teaching.
Write an reflective paper based on
the case learning.
The Case Study Approach
Using Cases in the Classroom
Improving Teaching Through Case
Common Teaching Dilemmas
Participants will be expected to read at least one, and up to four,
cases each week and to be prepared to discuss the issues in the cases.
In addition, there are two major assignments in the course. Every
participant will be asked to write an original case study and to lead a
case discussion. A reflective paper is due at the end of the course.
The 1 unit version of this class normally meets about 2 hours peer
week for 8 weeks. The 2 Unit version of this class normally meets 2 hours per week for 16 weeks.