Anatomy of a Case Study

Case studies are used as a tool to facilitate learning on the part of the participants by the trainer in the session. Case studies portray real life situations involving decision making by participants on either a set of questions or through an open-ended discussion in the classroom.
Usually case studies are presented in a session by dividing the Participants into groups. This enables the Participants to have a thorough analysis and understanding of the case.
The most important advantage of using a case study is that it simplifies complex concepts.
Case studies expose the participants to real life situations which otherwise is difficult.
It truly helps in adding value to the Participants through discussion on concrete subjects.
It improves -analytical thinking, communication, developing tolerance for different views on the same subject, ability to defend ones own point of view with logic and enhances team work of the participants making them efficient over time.
The many solutions which come out of the case act as ready reference when participants face similar problems at work place.
It might be difficult to find an appropriate case study to suit to all subjects.
Case studies contain the study of observations and perception of one person. There are chances that the person presenting the case study may completely present it in one manner missing other aspects completely.
Managing time is a criterion in a training program. Case studies generally consume more time when compared to other instruments. For shorter duration programs case studies may not be the best medium.
Since there is no one right answer, the problem arises in validation of the solutions because there are more than one way to look at things.
Its best suited to advanced training programs when compared to basic level training programs and a certain level of maturity of participants is required as they have to participate in the case discussion.
The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages as the case study approach provides for experiential learning and is a great tool in stimulating learning in training programs.


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