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ERIC Number: EJ915272
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Designing a Case Study from the Popular Culture Text "Boston Public"
Trier, James
Multicultural Education, v17 n4 p49-56 Sum 2010
In this article, the author begins with a selective review of the case study literature that reveals that most case studies are based on "real," "actual," and "true" experiences. Next, he describes a case study that he designed from a fictional source--i.e., from an episode of the television series "Boston Public." Then, he explains what happened when he incorporated this case study into his teaching of a methods course for secondary English preservice teachers in a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Specifically, he discusses the preservice teachers' dialogue about the case study in terms of these two generally acknowledged claims (in the case study literature) about the productive potential of having student teachers interpret cases: (1) that the experience can become a communal, collaborative, dialogic one; and (2) that case studies can provide preservice teachers with the valuable opportunity to vicariously experience a situation they are likely to encounter later on in their teaching. This article shows that case studies based on fictional materials can have the same powerful effects on students as do case studies based on "real" (i.e., non-fictionalized) events. Finally, the author suggests other fictional sources for readers to consider if they wish to design case studies for their own teaching practices. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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