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Case Method Research Guide  

Resources on, and original scholarship from, Marine Corps University faculty about the Case Method of teaching. The case method examines history by using various media, problem solving and role-playing techniques to find solutions to "real" problems.
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What is the Case Method?

The Case Method is a method of teaching that uses the solution of the complex problems at the heart of real life events (“cases”) to teach a wide variety of skills and subjects.

A teacher who employs the Case Method employs a variety of media to present the context of a problem (“back-story”), places students in the role of the historical character faced with that problem, asks students to solve the problem, and, once students have thoroughly discussed their solutions, describes how the historical character dealt with the problem (“the rest of the story.”)

A student who is learning by means of the Case Method engages the problem in question as if he were the historical problem solver, provides a clear and unequivocal description of his solution, and defends (or modifies) his solution to both the instructor and his fellow students.

This Guide provides exploration of Case Method techniques used by Marine Corps University faculty and E-PME programs, as well as links to case method resources on the web.

Start with Decision Forcing Cases for an overview of the Case Method and how it is used in the Marine Corps.


Decision Forcing Cases

Decision-Forcing Cases is a pamphlet that explains the basics of the case method.  In particular, it provides a short guide to the use of decision games, case studies, Socratic conversations, and, of course, decision-forcing cases.

View the Case Catalog for examples of how we examine real military history using case methodology.


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