WRITING CASE STUDIES: A MANUAL
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Introduction Section 1: Section 2: Section 3: Section 4: Section 5: Appendix 1: Appendix 2: The Use of Case Studies in Archival Education Elements of a Case Study Constructing a Case Study Constructing Teaching Notes Evaluating a Case Study Sample Case Study Sample Teaching Notes
INTRODUCTION TO WRITING CASE STUDIES: A MANUAL
THE ROLE OF CASE STUDIES IN ARCHIVAL EDUCATION
The construction of case studies was first developed as a tool for the study of law in the nineteenth century. By the mid-twentieth century, case studies were increasingly used in other areas of professional education, including medicine, accounting, business and management studies, engineering, nursing and agriculture. Educators in these fields recognised that it was not enough to teach the generic principles and practices of a profession. It was equally if not more important to equip the student to cope with a variety of scenarios, so that he or she would be able to adapt easily to the wide range of work situations found within his or her chosen profession.
Case studies present realistic situations, allowing students to balance theory with practice.
THE USE OF CASE STUDIES
WHAT ARE CASE STUDIES?
The case study is an account of an administrative problem or situation in a real or imagined organization. In addition to the description of a specific problem, a case study may include additional information necessary to place the scenario in context and an analysis of possible solutions or actions arising from the situation. One author of case studies, Paul R. Lawrence, defined the case study as follows: A good case is the vehicle by which a chunk of reality is...