ERIC Number: ED374121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
New Contexts for Educational Case Study Applications: From Classroom to Competition and Beyond.
Sudzina, Mary R.; Kilbane, Clare Ryan
Case-based teaching as a strategy to effectively weave theory, practice, and problem-solving into the preservice teacher education curriculum is gaining momentum in the preparation of future teachers. Teacher educators have discovered that the case study method provides a valuable link to the "real world" of teaching as well as opportunities beyond field placement experiences for preservice teachers to reflect on and critically analyze teaching incidents and to develop schema appropriate to future classroom practice. This paper presents an example of how case-based teaching was used to prepare a team of five undergraduate preservice teachers for the Second Commonwealth Center Invitational Team Case Competition held at the University of Virginia in 1993. The use of cases in this"new context" extended the method's benefits beyond the university curriculum in unexpected ways. As the preservice teachers practiced their problem-solving skills, they also learned to research, network, and collaborate to compete. These experiences resulted in a sense of personal and professional empowerment among team members, inspiring them to establish a similar competition at their home institution and to present their findings through presentations and symposia. (Contains 14 references.) (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Event Analysis; Preservice Teachers; University of Virginia
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the World Association for Case Method Research and Application (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 19-22, 1994). For a related document, see SP 035 474.