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This paper chronicles the transition and adjustments of a teacher educator and a group of preservice teachers from the application of the case study method in their university classrooms, to their preparation for and participation in a national team case competition, to the impact of this experience on their subsequent personal and professional activities. The prospect of a team case competition offered an unusual opportunity for preservice teachers, who were used to competing exceptionally well individually, to preview an unknown situation together and collaboratively find the best solution(s). As these preservice teachers practiced their problem-solving skills, they also learned to research, network, and collaborate to compete. These experiences resulted in a sense of personal and professional empowerment among team members, inspiring them to establish a similar competition at their home institution and to present their findings through presentations and symposia. An unexpected consequence was the continuing relationship of faculty with individual team members, resulting in a virtual case competition win, and faculty involvement in an innovative teaching initiative across five teacher preparation institutions involving Internet technology and multimedia multicultural cases. (Author/LL)

Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Case Studies, Competition, Cooperative Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Activities, Higher Education, Learning Experience, Participative Decision Making, Preservice Teacher Education, Problem Solving, Student Development, Teacher Educators, Teacher Student Relationship, Teamwork

Autor: Sudzina, Mary R.


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