Teaching Cases and Simulations

A collection of textbooks illustrating techniques and methods for maximizing the use of cases in teaching and learning.

Case Method Website: How to Teach with Cases University of California, Santa Barbara
This site consists provides general materials on teaching with the case method and with links to other sites dedicated to teaching case method.

Case Studies in Science State University of New York – Buffalo
This site includes a list of videotapes, articles, books, bibliographies, and web links to case study literature. In addition, articles and information that are provided exemplify how science and scientific methodological techniques can be introduced into the classroom. The information provides a glimpse of its potential, especially as seen through the eyes of some of its most ardent advocate.

John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
An overview of the case method. The case method of instruction has been a trademark of graduate professional education at Harvard University since it first developed at the Harvard Law School in the 19th century. It is predicated on the belief that discussion focused on real-world situations and guided by skilled instructors will better prepare students for professional life than would lecture and theory alone.

Public Administration: An Introduction (2nd Edition)
Marc Holzer and Richard W. Schwester
Routledge, 2015
Both comprehensive and cutting edge, Public Administration: An Introduction is a fresh and highly engaging textbook for the introductory course in Public Administration. It covers all the basic topics in detail, and also reflects new realities in public administration – innovations in e-government; the importance of new technology; changes in intergovernmental relations, especially the emphasis on interlocal and shared regional resources; and public performance and accountability initiatives. The text is designed to appeal to students. Each of the 14 chapters is generously illustrated with cartoons, quotes, and artwork – all reinforcing the theme that the field of PA is rooted in the cultural and political world. Each chapter is also supported with a listing of key terms, exercises, and additional resources. An online Instructor's Manual with a test bank; additional cases, exercises, and teaching resources; and links to videos are available to adopters.

Public Performance Measurement & Reporting Network (PPMRN)
Link to PPMRN to access additional resources hosted on this site as well as to other resources availlable through JSTOR. (Will require registration at no cost.)

Teaching Resources Guide for Public Affairs and Administration (3rd Edition)
Marc Holzer, Co-Editor; Peter Hoontis, Co-Editor; Alex Ingrams, Associate Editor
NASPAA, 2014

NASPAA's Teaching Resources Guide for Public Affairs and Administration, Third Edition, developed by the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University-Newark, brings together a broad array of teaching and learning resources in public affairs and administration and makes each available via a web link. Over 2,000 resources and web links are provided in the areas of instructional resources, academic integrity, cases for the classroom, syllabi, textbooks and publishers, simulations, and teaching statistics/research methods.

Vanderbilt University – Case Method of Instruction (CMI) Outreach Project
This project aims to increase awareness of the case method of instruction as an alternative or supplement to more traditional methods of early intervention personnel preparation and to increase the number of instructors who are skilled in using the method. The CMI-Outreach Project is funded through the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and operates as part of Peabody College's Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN.

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