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Symposium on the “Program for Distinctive University Education” of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology “What Can Be Expected of the Case Method: Practical Collaboration in Various Educational Areas”(Tokyo) [March 5, 2009]

Symposium on the “Program for Distinctive University Education” of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology “What Can Be Expected of the Case Method: Practical Collaboration in Various Educational Areas”(Tokyo)


Outline


As part of the Program for Distinctive University Education of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Keio Business School (KBS) and the Case Center Japan jointly held a symposium based on activities implemented by the former and the latter’s experience in conducting projects. Fiscal 2008 was the third and final year of the ministry’s program, so the symposium summarized activities under the program until now and focused on the diversity and potential of the case method. University and graduate school faculty members involved in practicing case-method education in various areas other than business administration were invited as speakers. Reports were presented on efforts made so far, issues that had been identified, and development potential in the future.


Organizd by: Keio Business School, Case Center Japan (IIST)
Date: March 5 (Thursday), 2009
Place:Distance Learning Room, South Building, Mita Campus, Keio University


Participants


Participants: Approximately 60 persons, including university and graduate school faculty members, business consultants, and people in charge of human resource development at private companies


Overview


The symposium opened with Mr. Shinichi Takeuchi and Ms. Etsu Inaba, from their respective fields and experiences, outlining the present situation of case-method teaching in Japan and suggesting issues that should be overcome. Next, four speakers who had actually introduced the case method into their classes and have been making repeated efforts and adjustments reported on their activities so far. As indicated by the word “diversity,” which was one of the themes of the symposium, the speakers were experts in educational fields other than business administration, where generally the case method is frequently used. Their areas of specialty were social welfare, educational philosophy, medicine, and service management. In the panel session, the panelists spoke frankly about their experiences in introducing the case method into their own fields of specialty and engaged in lively discussions with the participants so as to share their experiences. The event was indeed a fitting climax to the fruitful three-year program.

In a questionnaire survey conducted before the symposium, slightly less than 40% of respondents replied that they were using the case method in their classes. Nearly 60% only had experience of attending case-method lectures or had absolutely no experience at all. In a questionnaire conducted after the symposium (response ratio: 80%), regarding the symposium in general, 96% of respondents said it had been “very fruitful” or “generally as expected.” Rather than formal lectures, the practical talks by the speakers based on their trial-and-error experiences conformed to what many participants wanted to hear. In addition, among other things, the allotment of a brief Q&A time at the start of the panel session in consideration of the different degrees of experience among the participants seems to have created a broad and favorable impression.


PDF (104KB) Program (Japanese Only)


Scene of the symposium venue

Scene of the symposium venue

Professor Haruo Takagi delivers an opening address.

Professor Haruo Takagi delivers an opening address.


Panel discussion

Panel discussion




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