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Using Cases in Higher Education: A Guide for Faculty and Administrators


reviewed by Donald E. Heller — 2003

coverTitle: Using Cases in Higher Education: A Guide for Faculty and Administrators
Author(s): James P. Honan and Cheryl Sternman Rule
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787953911, Pages: 92, Year: 2002
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Scholars in higher education conduct research and investigate the nature of college teaching probably more than those in any other field.  Because of this we have great opportunities to use our research to inform our teaching, not just in the substance of what we teach but also in the ways that we teach the material. In their slim (only 55 pages, plus bibliography and appendix) volume Using Cases in Higher Education: A Guide for Faculty and Administrators, James P. Honan and Cheryl Sternman Rule highlight what is an underutilized teaching method in most higher education programs:  case teaching.  Much more prevalent in other professional schools, including law and business schools, than in schools of education, case teaching provides an opportunity for students to “systematically analyze and reflect on realistic, fact-based leadership and administrative dilemmas in a safe atmosphere while discussing, debating, and defending various points of view” (p. 2). Honan and Rule establish the value of case teaching in both higher education classrooms as well as professional development... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1260-1263
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11089, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 7:04:01 PM

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  • Donald Heller
    The Pennsylvania State University
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    Donald E. Heller is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to his appointment at Penn State, he was an Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Michigan. Dr. Heller earned an Ed.D. in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), and holds an Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from HGSE and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Tufts University. Before his academic career, he spent a decade as an information technology manager at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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