Case Study

Submitted by Vera Ferro Leb… on Fri, 06/22/2018 - 15:31

The term case study refers to both a method of analysis and a specific research design for examining a problem, both of which are used in most circumstances to generalize across populations. The methods used to study a case can rest within a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method investigative paradigm.

The case study teaching method is a highly adaptable style of teaching that involves problem-based learning and promotes the development of analytical skills. By presenting content in the format of a narrative accompanied by questions and activities that promote group discussion and solving of complex problems, case studies facilitate development of the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy of cognitive learning; moving beyond recall of knowledge to analysis, evaluation, and application. Similarly, case studies facilitate interdisciplinary learning and can be used to highlight connections between specific academic topics and real-world societal issues and applications. This has been reported to increase student motivation to participate in class activities, which promotes learning and increases performance on assessments. For these reasons, case-based teaching has been widely used in business and medical education for many years. 

Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Medical and Health Professions
Sequence of activities
  • Teacher or one of students presents a case
  • Individual reflection
  • Group discussion
  • Case solving presentation (individually or group)
Assessment method
Direct observation
Personal resources (power point, prezi, videos, interactive tutorials)

Bonney, K. M. (2015). Case Study Teaching Method Improves Student Performance and Perceptions of Learning Gains. Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education16(1), 21–28.

Kreber, C. (2001) Learning Experientially through Case Studies? A Conceptual Analysis. Teaching in Higher Education, 6:2, 217-228, DOI: 10.1080/13562510120045203

Davis, C. & Wilcock, E. (n.d.) Teaching materials using case studies. UK Centre for Materials Education, Higher Education Academy.  

> 2 hours
Grade your contribution (I consider this TEL method can be used with TEL tools)