Using the Case Method with Diverse Student Levels?

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Using the Case Method with Diverse Student Levels?
David Miller, Teacher, United States

How to make the Case Method (CM) work when student knowledge levels are very diverse, making team analysis and inference very difficult?

Case Method with Different Student Competence Levels
Carl-Henric Nilsson, Professor, Sweden
You may consider setting up the case work in a way that it includes competence development between the students as part of the case work during the case work.
When it comes to team analysis, allow the students to be part of the evaluation, both self evaluation and evaluation of colleagues.
Also consider what you are measuring; competence increment: absolute or relative, or is it the absolute level of competence?

Case Method with Different Student Competency Levels
Elvio Valchi, Teacher, Argentina
It is well known the Case Method, as it is generally used, makes limited contribution to theoretical tools, in the understanding that it's the student that has to look for and choose the best ones to support the diagnose and decisions (which is the main focus of the method).
However, if the competency levels are very different, a round of discussion may be done after the individual analysis and group meeting, but before conclusions are made and before the plenary discussion, just to see what theoretical tools are useful for the case. In that instance, the professor may suggest some tools, explain them, or perhaps make the students who know them explain to the others.

A Discovering Questionaire
Osama Kamal, Management Consultant, Egypt
For the case method or in fact other teaching techniques, it is a good idea to make a "discovering questionaire", either verbal or written, to see the gaps between the students' level and the maturity of the subject in their different minds. This helps a lot to manage the case among them.
Hand in hand with the weak, quick to comprehend with the strong, I think.

Seamless Connectivity for the Students
Arif ur Rehman, Professor, Pakistan
When there is a question of differences in the level of knowledge and competencies of group members, a dialogue must ensue to understand their perceptual and academic capabilities so that the case developed becomes both comprehensible and doable for them.
Having said that, the bottom line remains the ‘level’ of the case does not lose its depth in accommodating the needs of the participants.
A CASE by definition in working out a solution, Clarifies, Authenticates, Structures in the context of the Environment of the case object (the enterprise).


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