Case Method Workshop at International University of Health and Welfare, Graduate School
Case method instruction refers to the teaching methods utilizing participatory approach, rather than one way approach of a lecture format. This type of instruction has been carried out at overseas and domestic educational institutions such as business schools. In Japan, it is most prevalent in business management education where it has been credited with improved educational outcomes. However, in addition to the management education of MBA coursework, recently case method instruction has also been introduced to a variety of fields on a trial basis. Amongst these, there is much anticipation with regards to the usefulness of the case method in the medical field.
At the request of the International University of Health and Welfare, Graduate School, which is experimenting with the introduction of the case method, a case method workshop was carried out as a part of the same university‚Äôs faculty development program. Opinions were also exchanged regarding the potential for application of case method instruction in the medical education area.
Organized and Supported by: International University of Health and Welfare, Graduate School, Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
Date: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., July 23, 2008
Place: International University of Health and Welfare, Graduate School, Tokyo Satellite Campus
Lecturer: Etsu Inaba, Director, Human Resources Development, Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
In order to enhance awareness and understanding of the case method of instruction, participants were asked to review case materials and video in advance, and were also introduced to a synopsis of the case method and its educational effects as part of an orientation held on the day of the workshop.
The participants were provided an opportunity to actually experience the case method, by going through prior individual study, a group discussion and a plenary class discussion. The workshop ended with a debriefing and a question-answer session regarding points of importance in relation to the utilization of case method. Participants were very impressed by the new educational methods presented, and extremely heated debates were the order of the day.
More than 70% of participants had no prior experience with the case method, but according to the results of a survey carried out after the workshop (with 26 participants responding), 46% of respondents felt that they had a ‚Äėmuch better understanding‚Äô with regards to the case method, and 54% felt they had a ‚Äėbetter understanding‚Äô. These results make it clear that, even though this was a one-time training, the workshop provided an opportunity to gain a good general overview with regards to the case method. Further, in response to a question that asked, ‚ÄúDo you think you could apply the case method in future training courses that you are in charge of?‚ÄĚ, 35% answered, ‚ÄúYes, definitely‚ÄĚ and 46% answered, ‚ÄúYes, to some extent‚ÄĚ. In all, 80% of participants had a positive assessment of the case method, resulting in heightened expectations with regards to future application of the case method in the medical field.
Human Resource Development Dept.