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How to Use Case Studies in Teaching Social Studies

September 08, 2019


Case studies
Case studies give students work that feels connect to their lives. When we use case studies in teaching social studies we teach them how to be great problem solvers.
Case study is simply an interesting problem with many correct answers. Teacher starts the topic by having students read the case, and then they work in small groups or individually to solve the case study.
However, identifying a case to investigate involves more than choosing the research problem. A case study encompasses a problem contextualized around the application of in-depth analysis, interpretation, and discussion, often resulting in specific recommendations for action or for improving existing conditions.

Case studies help the students to:
Identify the problem
Make an outline 
Examine cause-and-effect relations
Formulate possible solutions to the problem 

How to use case studies in teaching social studies
Strand : Culture and Identity

Sub-strand:
Identities
Outcome: CI 1.2: Recognizes individual differences in ourselves and others and show the appreciation to those differences
Indicators:
b. Expresses how to care for self and others
Values that could be integrate with this indicator
1. Respect for others/ valuing others
2. Being kind to all living things (including animals)
3. Helping the family and others
4. Personal cleanliness
Skills that could be integrate with this indicator
1- Work cooperatively in groups.
2- Respect the responses of their peers
3- Show creativity in doing their work


Activity:
§  Greet the students.

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Divide the class in to two groups.
§  Show them some pictures of how Maldivians dress and how other country people dress.
§  Tell them to observe and discuss in groups about the differentiation and sameness the countries have in clothing.
§  Give a case study and ask students to identify and discuss about the similarities and difference between clothing in different countries.
§  Assign the students to present the conclusions they got from their discussions
§  They can present their conclusion as a web chart and present the web chart to the class .
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