"Ah Ha..." Learning: Using Cases and Case Studies to Teach Sociological Insights and SkillsSociological Practice (2002)
Grounded in a thorough review of the relevant sociological and cross-disciplinary literature, the author makes a case for the value of using cases (also known as decision cases) and case studies in teaching undergraduate sociology students. Her thesis is that cases and case studies are under utilized teaching-learning tools in sociology courses at all levels. Cases and case studies can be especially relevant in practice and application-oriented courses and classes. The literature indicates that students who use sociological insights and tools to frame and analyze real-life dilemmas and situations develop a clearer grasp of concepts, theories, and practice issues as well as learn/enhance critical thinking, analytical, and evaluation skills. Although this article focuses on students as the targeted audience, practitioners can also use both cases and case studies in training or working with clients.
- decision cases,
- case-study method,
- teaching tools
Publication DateJune, 2002
Citation InformationJosephine A. Ruggiero. ""Ah Ha..." Learning: Using Cases and Case Studies to Teach Sociological Insights and Skills" Sociological Practice Vol. 4 Iss. 2 (2002) p. 113 - 128 ISSN: 1522-3442
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/josephine-ruggiero/11/