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ERIC Number: ED360669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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"Mutiny on the Bounty": A Case Study for Leadership Courses.
Leeper, Roy V.
Although there are drawbacks to the case study method, using films presents opportunities for instructors to teach to the "higher" levels presented in learning objective taxonomies. A number of classifications of learning outcomes or objectives are well served by a teaching style employing the case approach. There seem to be as many different types of case study methods as there are writers on the subject. Perhaps the most useful typology of case methods, in part because of its simplicity, is that developed by Gay Wakefield for the public relations field. Because of the clarity of character and issue development, the 1935 film version of "Mutiny on the Bounty" was chosen for use in a sophomore level course titled "Principles of Leadership." Using Wakefield's typology, the film is a case history which becomes a case analysis during class discussion. Almost all of the topics that would be covered in a course in leadership are present in the film. The film meets the requirements of a good case as set out by other typologies of case studies. The most often claimed benefit of the case study method is that it teaches the student to think as opposed to teaching the student to memorize. Drawbacks to the case study method include: the method requires a great deal of time; discussion may not go in a direction the instructor wants; and instructors have to be prepared to be challenged during discussion and may have to admit ignorance. (Thirty notes are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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