Fanter writes in her article “Preparing for Post-College Life: Capstone and Keystone Courses” that a capstone course generally requires students to work on a single, large project such as a case study or analysis. Davis and Wilcock defines case analysis in their article “Teaching Materials Using Case Studies” as a project-based learning and a student-centered activity that involves topics where practical, real life examples are used to demonstrate and contextualize theoretical concepts. According to Davis and Wilcock, case analyses expose students to the issues that they could face in the real world and provide students the opportunity to develop vital skills like communication, and problem-solving. It also increases the motivation and interest of students. It also offers students the chance to work in a group. In the journal article “Facilitation and Assessment of Group Work using Web-based Tools,” Hardfort states that group work allows students to interact with one another and produce new insights.
In reference to the required reading, I believe that the most critical step in analyzing a case is the fifth step. The fifth step involves the analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of the facts, concepts and values presented in the case. Based on the evaluation, the writer has to suggest amendments to the principles, proposals or procedures discussed in the case and justify them. This step would require a lot of critical thinking using the knowledge and skills that the writer has learned. The output of this step would determine how well the writer understood the case and how he or she can apply everything that he or she has learned.
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Fanter, Amy. “Preparing for Post-College Life: Capstone and Keystone Courses.” 2006. World
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Hartford, Trudy. “Facilitation and Assessment of Group Work using Web-based Tools.”
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