Distributed by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University New York, Science and Engineering Library, 228 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY, 14260-1672; 716-645-6064, ext. 272
Produced by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Directed by Clyde Herreid
VHS, color, 26 min.
College - Adult
Biology, Education, Science, Teacher Training
Reviewed by Margaret M. Reed, Riley-Hickingbotham Library, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, AR
An adaptation of a teaching method often used in professional schools, The Use of Case Studies and Group Discussion in Science Education is a “how-to” guide for making meaningful case studies the focus of discussion in the science classroom. The video takes an inside look at one of Dr. Clyde Herreid’s biology class case study discussions, demonstrating enhanced student engagement and critical thinking. Thus, it makes a compelling case for discarding the straight lecture method frequently used in higher education.
Accompanying the video is a written guide that outlines the case study approach sequence as well as strategies for effective communication while leading group discussions. In addition, viewers may find another of Herreid’s video productions a useful companion, Team Learning: Cooperative Learning in the Science Classroom.
The Use of Case Studies and Group Discussion in Science Education is a practical teaching tool for faculty in all academic fields. Highly recommended for natural science, teacher education, and professional development collections.
Herreid is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Biological Sciences Department and Director of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Production of Case Studies was made possible with support from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Science Foundation.