What's the best way to use a case study?

Case study exploration guide

Case studies are effective educational tools whose use was pioneered by Harvard University's business school. The best case studies are not made-up, one-upon-a-time stories. Rather, even though names and places may have been changes, these are descriptions of a real situation.

For Christian workers heading into situations where they will be a cultural outsider, discussions of case studies can stimulate and hone critical thinking skills for situations where they will be carrying "foreigner" baggage.

Want to know how to process a case study? Follow these seven steps to reflect on and profitably discuss case studies.

How to use a case study

Seven steps to transforming a case study into a learning experience

  1. Read the entire case study narrative.
  2. Formulate a clear statement of the problem.
  3. Identify the issues at stake.
  4. Clarify facts as well as feelings.
  5. Consider the case study from different angles. A jewel's facets show up best as it is turned to let light hit those facets at different angles. Approach the case study in the same way. Look at it from several different angles. That is, consider it from the points of view of each person involved. What would be the solution each would lean toward?
  6. Dig around for resources.
  7. Make some assertions:

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