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A Case Study of Case Studies: Producing Real World Learning within the Business Classroom

 

David Needham

The Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, England

  Abstract:
 
Teaching and learning about business organisations and the environment in which they operate is contained within a curriculum but context and events in which they operate is constantly changing. A solution is to use case-studies, but these are (a) time-consuming and expensive to produce (b) need constant up-dating (c) may be unsuited for classrooms. This paper shows how these problems have been overcome by using a innovative methodology based in a continuing public-private partnership (1994-present) between H.E. and business organisations. The organisations pay to contribute - and distribute - the case-studies which must conform to requirements which ensure classroom materials are relevant, rigorous, up-to-date, and unbiased: cross-referenced to the curriculum; both practical and theoretical; designed to enrich classroom experiences; ethically-based, taking into account the advice of teachers. The paper argues for a way of producing curriculum materials which itself constitutes a methodological contribution to the uses of case-study in research-based learning.
 
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper



learning
RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000

Equipment: Laptop and Projector