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ERIC Number: EJ1137153
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1552-9045
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."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas
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