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ERIC Number: ED361286
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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The Case Study Approach for Pedagogists.
Boyce, B. Ann; And Others
If pedagogical skills and knowledge are to become relevant to preservice teachers, students must develop their own process of active thought and become involved in their own learning. The question of how to bridge the gap between teaching theory and application can be facilitated by using a case study approach. This methodology is useful for the following reasons: (1) it bridges the gap between theory and practice; (2) it enables students to analyze problems and develop solutions for situations which will be encountered in the real world of teaching; (3) it aids students in recognizing that problems have more than one solution; and (4) it helps students to evaluate the feasibility of alternatives and to understand the ramifications of a particular course of action. The instuctor's role in the case study approach is to act as facilitator by asking questions, listening, and responding to students' answers. Methodological issues for teacher educators to consider are: how to introduce the case study approach; how to use the case study approach; appropriate physical settings; whether one is to call on students to answer the questions or whether one is going to ask for volunteers; the amount of time to be spent on specific aspects of the case; and indicators of success. Appendices provide a sample case along with an accompanying question outline. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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