This book advocates the use of case methods to promote democratic teaching and learning. Part I speaks directly to teacher educators. The chapters in this part suggest how and why they might use case methods at pre- and in-service levels. Part II presents a set of cases and teaching notes designed to stimulate active consideration of democratic teaching and learning in elementary and secondary schools throughout the United States. These cases can be used with both prospective and practicing teachers.
Case methods in education--like those used to prepare practitioners in other professions such as medicine, law, and business--require learners to attend to detail and to exercise judgment as they identify and solve problems. Although each has its own unique variations, case-method approaches in all fields promote careful examination of professional practice. The cases in this book will help teacher educators think anew about many issues related to teaching and learning with cases.
"All of these case studies make for fascinating reading and I could well see my own students becoming very involved in the plight of the individual teachers….Overall, the approach suggested is to be commended."
—British Journal of Educational Psychology
Contents: Preface. Part I: Using Case Methods in Teacher Education. R.F. McNergney, E.R. Ducharme, M.K. Ducharme, Teaching Democracy Through Cases. M.R. Sudzina, Organizing Instruction for Case-Based Teaching. T.W. Kent, Making Connections: The Democratic Classroom and the Internet. V.J. Risko, C.K. Kinzer, The Power of Multimedia Cases to Invite Democratic Teaching and Learning. A. McAninch, More and Less Acceptable Case Analyses: A Pragmatist Approach. Part II: Cases. E.R. Ducharme, M.K. Ducharme, Leslie Turner: A Teacher Under Stress. B. Hallenbeck, A Case of Cruel and All-Too-Usual Punishment. E. Potter, A Delicate Dilemma: Religion in the Classroom. D.S. Libby, Stripped of Dignity. J.M. Herbert, M.E. Hrabe, The Unwritten Amendment: Freedom of Curriculum. T.D. Peacock, C.E. Keller, H. Rallis, A Case of Freedom to Learn: Balancing the Needs and Rights of All Children. C.A. Grant, Full Democracy by Students of Color: A Case From Two Urban Classrooms.