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The Case Study Method (2017-18)

How might we improve the critical thinking and decision-making skills of our students without sacrificing the learning of content?

Our Goal

We will introduce the case study method to faculty and provide encouragement and support for its use in RCDS classrooms. The case study method teaches students decision-making and critical thinking skills while also covering content. Students grapple with problems, consider ethical dilemmas, and formulate possible solutions. Without realizing it, they solidify their understanding of material, develop leadership and ethical thinking abilities, and practice decision making skills. In addition, it presents a way for students to practice evaluating the reliability of sources, a skill that has become increasingly important in the 21st century with the democratization of information on the internet.

Resources

Fellows

Clemmie Everett Grade 9 Dean; Upper School Humanities Teacher

Charles Sliter
Upper School Humanities Teacher

Institute Projects