ERIC Number: EJ1137153
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
The "Reverse Case Study:" Enhancing Creativity in Case-Based Instruction in Leadership Studies
Atkinson, Timothy N.
Journal of Leadership Education, v13 n3 p118-128 Sum 2014
In this application brief I share a case study assignment I used in my "Leadership in Complex Organizations" classes to promote creativity in problem solving. I sorted Ph.D. students into two teams and trained them to use creative writing techniques to "encode" theory into their own cases. A sense of competition emerged. Later, teams swapped cases for analysis and "decoding." The approach became known as "reverse case study." Summative course evaluations revealed four important instructional themes: (1) students were able to apply and learn leadership and organizational theories; (2) students were able to build rapport and create bonds with fellow students; (3) students explored creativity; and (4) students explored the perspective of "the other."
Descriptors: Case Studies, Leadership Training, Teaching Methods, Creativity, Graduate Students, Problem Solving, Doctoral Programs, Summative Evaluation, Course Evaluation, Peer Relationship, Creative Writing, Writing Instruction, Assignments, Innovation, Course Descriptions, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Organizational Theories
Association of Leadership Educators. e-mail: Jole@aged.tamu.edu; Web site: http://leadershipeducators.org/page-1014283
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas