A course-specific casebook, containing 15 cases chosen for their relevance to the course in question. Although all cases are available on the McGraw-Hill Primis database, by having the authors choose those cases that they feel are most relevant, instructors are freed from this task. Each case documents a particular classroom event or series of related events, and most end with a dilemma for teachers to resolve. Each case reflects the "messiness" of real classrooms: as a result there is seldom one right answer to a tricky classroom dilemma. A range of ideas can be suggested and critically evaluated and a plan of action developed with fallback positions available. Case discussions provide the opportunity to develop a consistent problem-solving method that can be applied later to various classroom situations and by using "messy" real-life cases that present dilemmas rather than neat solutions, readers are forced to think critically and develop alternative solutions. This edition contains an introductory essay on case study teaching that includes advice about room arrangement, starting and ending the discussion, using the chalkboard, questioning/listening/responding and managing time.
Detailed teaching notes for each case are also provided, including blocks of discussion, suggested question outlines, suggested board headings and suggested assignment questions. A student edition (ISBN: 0-07-057668-8) is also available, containing an introductory essay on how to read and prepare a case and how to participate in classroom discussion.