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This paper describes why the use of a modified case method is useful in teaching concepts of school administration to educators entering public school administration. The paper defines the case method and differentiates it from other techniques and purposes; offers a history of case-study methodology that explains why the method caught on in law and business but not in educational administration; compares the advantages and disadvantages of various methods of instructional delivery; examines several perspectives of case planning and implementation; and presents a program using student-generated case studies. Finally, the paper explains how to use the discussion starter, a modified case study. The discussion starter omits complete narratives or scenarios and simply presents the question or dilemma pertinent to current issues in educational leadership. Seven sample discussion-starter exercises for graduate-level course work are included. (Contains 14 references.) (LMI)

Descriptors: Administrator Education, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Case Studies, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Educational Administration, Graduate Study, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Innovation, Leadership Training, Problem Solving, Public Schools, Teaching Methods

Author: Diamantes, Thomas

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8302&id=ED399624


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