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Teaching with case studies: a guide


Some educators are not comfortable with case study teaching, while others remain unaware of cases' value in achieving important educational objectives. Even educators who buy into their value and are already using them can benefit from reflection in order to improve their practice.

We have therefore developed an accessible and easy-to-navigate guidance document that provides principles, strategies and tips that will help educators to: 

  • Prepare students for engaging with case study teaching by limiting resistance to the teaching method if necessary; facilitating their understanding of the material, for example by providing guiding questions for reading; and laying the groundwork for key behaviours such as respectful learning;
  • Understand their role in case study teaching; to initiate, develop and end case study discussions; and to be aware of key behaviours such as leading discussions in a way that does not close them off, stamp too much of the educator’s authority on them or devalue the learning of students; and
  • Write case studies that meet their teaching objectives, are authentic, and grab the interest of students.


Download the guidance document