ERIC Number: ED216404
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Survey of Responses to Case Studies in the Speech Communication Course: Likes and Dislikes.
Hess, Richard C.
Over a three-year period, 297 speech communication students were surveyed on how frequently they were exposed to the use of case studies in instruction, the settings and the extent to which case studies were used, preferences for the use of case studies, and the extent to which they liked case studies in their educational experience. The results of the survey showed that 60% of the students had had prior educational experiences with case studies, usually at the high school level and almost always in formal educational settings. The students generally liked the use of case studies and thought that case studies should be used to complement rather than substitute for traditional instructional activities such as readings and lectures. Students' comments indicated that case studies (1) facilitated understanding of the program being considered, (2) facilitated understanding of the members of the group, (3) provided a focus for the group, (4) facilitated group interaction, and (5) provided an environment in which a student could understand fellow classmates. The disadvantages of case studies that the students mentioned included the ideas that "uninvolved" classmates would be "carried" by the group and that case studies required more work than traditional assignments. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (67th, Anaheim, CA, November 12-15, 1981).