Volume 24, Issue 3, Spring 2005
Using Case Studies to Promote Critical Thinking
David M. Brown
How the Case Study Method of Instruction Employs Critical Thinking to Facilitate Learning
The Case Study Method of Instruction (CSMI) is an excellent vehicle for achieving many instructional goals, including employing critical thinking to facilitate learning. The best results occur when instructors have a clear understanding of the CSMI and critical thinking. In this article, the author describes the evolution of the CSMI, its notable characteristics, and its instructional benefits. The author also presents five detailed definitions of critical thinking, and explains how case studies can be used to lead students to think critically and subsequently learn.