ERIC Number: EJ1147579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
The Use of Case Studies in OR Teaching
Penn, Marion L.; Currie, Christine S. M.; Hoad, Kathryn A.; O'Brien, Frances A.
Higher Education Pedagogies, v1 n1 p16-25 2016
This article investigates the current use of case studies in the teaching of Operational Research (OR) in the UK: how and where they are used; how they are developed; and whether there is an interest in training this area. It is aimed at lecturers teaching OR who are using or planning to use case studies in their teaching. It may also be of interest to policy-makers who wish to know what is being done in OR. The article focuses on the results of a survey sent to lecturers of OR in higher education in the UK. These are combined with an examination of the literature on using case studies in teaching in general and a small number of specific examples of how case studies are used in OR teaching. Case studies are included in OR teaching in a variety of ways and to develop a range of skills; particularly the ability to transfer academic knowledge to real-life contexts. The article identifies that the most significant barrier to the use of case studies in OR teaching is the development of new case studies; suggestions are made to address this, including providing training and collaboration opportunities. Overall this article provides an assessment of the ways in which case studies are used in OR; the advantages and limitations of using them; and specific examples of their use which will provide ideas to assist in improving OR teaching.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Teaching Methods, Operations Research, Teacher Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Literature Reviews, Online Surveys, Interviews, Incidence, Skill Analysis, Educational Opportunities, Higher Education, Use Studies, Foreign Countries, Case Method (Teaching Technique)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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