Using the Case Method to Compensate for Lack of Experience

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Using the Case Method to Compensate for Lack of Experience
kvssiyer, Consultant, India, Member
We use the case method for teaching fresh engineers in inspection and quality. These "fresh" engineers just graduated from the colleges are recruited to position them as inspection engineers of mechanical-, electrical-, electromechanical- or electronics-based items for critical applications.
In our case methods we start with a situation in the field which has taken place to the root of the underlying theory. While in a traditional lecture session we would start with the theory and then end up in cases or examples to make the theory clear to the students.
Our engineers graduated from colleges, so they already have the foundation in theory. But what they lack is industry experience. That's why we aim to substitute the industry experience with actual cases we faced during practice in the field and connect each case with the corresponding theory. The trainees are finding this way of "teaching' more interactive, challenging and participative.
 

 
Using the Case Method to Simulate Experience
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
A very good application I think. Indeed in a case discussion, students "do" the work of the discipline, rather than just watch or read about how it is done by others. To some extent, it's a simulation of the real thing. Students engage in the case and apply the concepts, techniques and methods of the discipline. And as a result they improve their ability to apply them.
I also agree that the case method teaching brings more energy and excitement to the classroom, because it provides students with an opportunity to work with a range of evidence in a real context, and improves their ability to apply the vocabulary, theory and methods they learned in earlier education and courses.
 

     
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