ERIC Number: ED501359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Using Case Studies to Teach Science
Herreid, Clyde Freeman
American Institute of Biological Sciences
Case study teaching has gained a strong foothold in science education. The author discusses: (1) variations on methodology, from whole class discussion to the jigsaw approach; (2) an increase in educational resources on the topic; (3) over a thousand studies that show improved learning when case studies are used; and (4) a survey that illustrates students enjoy and benefit from case studies. Obstacles to the case study approach and evaluation of different methods are also discussed.
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Science Education, Lecture Method, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Group Discussion, Problem Based Learning, Independent Study, Instructional Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: American Inst. of Biological Sciences, Washington, DC.