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The case study method refers to a descriptive research document based on a real-life situation, problem, or incident. Cases describe situations calling for analysis, planning, decision-making, and/or action. The method requires that every attempt be made to provide an unbiased, multidimensional perspective in presenting the case and arriving at solutions. This paper offers one example of how the case study method was applied for the purpose of enhancing preservice teachers' decision-making abilities in an undergraduate teacher preparation course. A selected case study text was integrated with a learning theory text in a sophomore-level educational psychology course. Students (N=17) were provided with vignettes of teaching dilemmas and challenged to apply a variety of educational theories to possible solutions, thereby reinforcing the connection between theory and practice. Students discovered that the case study method was also a powerful vehicle for communicating their own personal experiences and concerns about teaching. The document explores case study implementation, professor perspectives, student perspectives, and applications to Bloom's taxonomy. (LL)

Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Case Studies, Course Content, Course Descriptions, Decision Making Skills, Education Majors, Higher Education, Learning Theories, Personal Narratives, Perspective Taking, Preservice Teacher Education, Problem Solving, Theory Practice Relationship, Thinking Skills

Autor: Sudzina, Mary R.; Kilbane, Clare Ryan


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