Orbis scholae is an academic journal published by Charles University, Prague. It features articles on school education in the wider socio-cultural context. It aims to contribute to our understanding and the development of school education, and to the reflection of teaching practice and educational policy.

ORBIS SCHOLAE, Vol 10 No 1 (2016), 121–139

Výukové případové studie a jejich využití

[Instructional Case Studies and Their Use]

Jiří Mareš

DOI: https://doi.org/10.14712/23363177.2016.16
published online: 24. 10. 2016


This paper summarizes the current knowledge of case studies, which are used for teaching, not for research purposes. The author states that in the Czech Republic, case studies are used by universities for teaching in a number of fields of study but only minimally in education of future teachers. At first the concept of the instructional case study is defined, then its function and possible types of them are characterized. Then, in greater detail, the structural components of the instructional case study are analyzed and illustrated with a concrete examples. The general explanation is supplemented by examples of case studies that are used (especially in the US) for teaching psychology for future teachers and psychologists. An integral part of a good instructional case study is a didactic manual for teachers (teaching note). Therefore the explanation gets closer to its structure as well. Experience from abroad shows that instructional case studies may not be created by teachers only, but (under teacher’s supervision) by students as well. In the conclusion of the study both the advantages and disadvantages of the case studies are summarized as well. It is essential that general concepts and general regularities of the instructional case studies are put in concrete terms, and students of universities may learn about various problems that await them in practice and also acquire professional way of thinking leading to informed decisions.

keywords: teaching case studies; instructional case studies; types of case studies; structure of case study; teaching note; application of case studies in instruction

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