Case Studies Teaching Tips
teaching tips accompany the online case studies for Glencoe's Business
Management. Each case study illustrates a real-world business situation.
The teaching tips are designed to help you focus on key elements.
Here are a few things to consider before you start instruction:
case studies you will assign for a particular unit? Be sure to
carefully read all of the case studies in a unit.
the demographics of your class. What interests them? What is their
background with business? Their prior knowledge will enable them
to understand and relate to concepts in Glencoe's Business Management.
case study ties directly into the text?
Decide what case studies will work for small groups, and what
case studies should be assigned as individual homework?
case studies can best increase students' awareness on operations?
Can the case study (or the ideas it triggers) be tied into something
time frame to complete a case study varies. For a highly specific
case study, you may need 10-15 minutes, especially a case study
that could spur conversations on controversial views or role playing.
sure to introduce the case studies and allow student to reflect
on the concepts. Encourage students to use critical thinking strategies.
Perhaps students can form groups to discuss the material. One student
can be the group's recorder and another can present to the class
the group's ideas. Don't let the same people be in the same group
all the time. Rotate them for different viewpoints and group dynamics.
case studies reinforce textual concepts, as well as allowing students
to work with real-world problems. Students will learn more about
their own intuitive and rational approaches to business management.
are some class procedures for each case study:
students carefully read the case study.
Ask them to break down the case study into its components.
are the facts?
What is the background?
do facts and background tie in with the text? What
additional information do they already have that could be
useful in understanding the business situation?
List the problems the business owner/manager/worker faces. Many
case studies pose more than one problem. Prioritize the problems
and decide the basis in which to prioritize. Should the priority
be based on people's feelings? Profits? Timing? What should be
tackled first? Why?
Discuss the constraints/obstacles that the business manager faces.
Which can he or she alter? Which must be factored into the decisions?
Identify solutions to the problems that are acceptable within
Look at pros and cons of the solutions. What are the consequences
likely to be? Which course of action will students recommend the
business manager follow? Why?
Finally, consider whether this particular problem is best approached
from a broad, a general, or a specific viewpoint. Or is it a combination
of the three? If you pursue this distinction, it can help students
understand the difference between the deductive and inductive