Volume 24, Issue 3, Spring 2005
Using Case Studies to Promote Critical Thinking
Minnie N. Blackwell, WendeIl J. Rodgers, Stephenie M. Hewett
The Use of Case Studies to Instruct Qualities of Leadership in a Character Education Program
The case study method offers a hands-on inquiry based method for teaching leadership traits. With this in mind, the case study method is used to provide opportunities for middle school students to analyze a situation and the actions of the case study charactcrs and to identify leadership behaviors. The use of the case study method allows instructors to teach character education to this group of middle school students by promoting the use of critical thinking skills through small group discussions and reflections. The staff is confident by using this method that the students are able to analyze, discuss, and draw conclusions for discussions in small groups.