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ERIC Number: EJ1127384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Case Study: Let's Get Personal--Putting Personality into Your Cases
Herreid, Clyde Freeman
Journal of College Science Teaching, v46 n3 p57-61 Jan 2017
In this case study, the subject for discussion is the need to use teaching notes in order to add personality to case studies. Personality, it is said, is more important than policy, than demographics, than finances, or amorous peccadillos. Personality is essential. It is the interaction of people that capture our interest, yet, the question is asked--Why is it that so many medical case study writers fail to add a personality to their case studies? Instead, they write clinical puzzles for students and ask them to diagnose illnesses for phantoms. This article discusses the importance of personalizing case study stories as a method to engage students. This can produce greater learning than those cases without personages.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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