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ERIC Number: ED419261
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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Case Studies and Role Playing as a Vehicle to the Real World.
Higgerson, Mary Lou
A study investigated what organizational communication students learned from case simulations and role playing. Seniors and graduate students enrolled in two different 400-level courses taught in the Department of Speech Communication at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale engaged in different detailed case simulations that required them to work in small groups to analyze the case, develop a method for managing the case situation, and present their conclusions to the specific characters in the case study. The case roles were played by the course instructor and other students in the class. At the conclusion of the case study simulation, students were asked to assess the value of the case simulation as an instructional method on an open-ended survey instrument. A total of 14 students from one course and 21 students from the other course completed and returned the survey instrument. Results indicated that the case method when employed as a case simulation helped students learn and develop professional skills. Findings suggest avenues for more research including: the study should be replicated in more courses with more students; there is a need to compare students' self-report assessments with instructor assessments of what students learn from a case simulation; there is a need to study the value of using case simulations for long-term learning; and there is a need to study the scope and effectiveness of case simulation as an instructional method. (Contains 10 references; appendixes present the two case simulations and data summaries from the two courses.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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