10-second review: Case studies as a method of helping teacher trainees think about what to do in difficult situations—in the real world of the classroom.
Title: “Using Case Studies.” TW McCann and L Johannesen. English Journal (May 2009), 110-114. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
Quote: “The use of case studies is an important strategy that merits further discussion…. It would be worthwhile, as part of the teacher training program, for the prospective teachers to grapple together with some of the difficulties they might encounter on the job, such as censorship challenges, curricular inconsistencies, literacy lapses, assessment dilemmas and classroom management difficulties.”
Comment: Articles in professional journals will supply some of these case studies with the advantage of telling how they turned out. Personal experience, of course, will be another source of case studies. And if the trainees are involved in student teaching, they can share with each other problems they are encountering.
On the Internet, case studies seem to be prevalent for teaching science, but much less available for teaching English. Case studies apparently originated in law and business. RayS.