CHAPTER 7

HOW TO PREPARE AND DISCUSS CASES

Class discussion is the fulcrum of case learning. You and your classmates come together to explore a case with the help of the instructor. The instructor’s role isn’t to tell you what the case means and give you the right answer. (Although some instructors may tell you what they think the right response to a case is.) Instead, the instructor asks questions about facts and the inferences you make from them, probes your responses, writes pertinent comments on the board, maintains the flow of the discussion, and helps to direct and shape it in ways that illuminate the main issues of the case. Case discussion is a rehearsal for your career: thinking on your feet, discussing issues with peers and superiors, ...

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