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Case Studies Creation with a Sustainability Focus in the Material Science CurriculumCase studies have long been used in law and in medical education and are essentially a form ofstorytelling with an educational message. The case is an account of an activity, event or problemthat contains a real or imaginary situation and incorporates the intricacies you may encounter inthe real world. Engineering faculty have begun looking towards these methods as a powerfulpedagogical technique for teaching. Recent NSF funding on a TUES Type 2 is allowing theauthors to create cases with a focus on sustainability. Why sustainability one may ask, “The shiftto more sustainable technologies will mean significantly reducing the amount of energy andmaterials we use in producing our goods and services while decreasing risks to humans and theenvironment” (Bridge to a Sustainable Future, Clinton, White House, 2005). Many of the bestcases are based on contemporary, and often controversial, science problems that studentsencounter in the news; the use of cases in the classroom makes science relevant and researchshows that relevance promotes learning. Constructivism adopts the belief that students learnmost effectively by constructing their own knowledge and refer to learning as conceptual change(Vygotsky,1962; von Glaserfield, 1987, 1995). That being said the present work utilizesundergraduate students working on consultant teams to create the cases as a part of their HonorsContract. XXX University has a system in place for Honors students to gain honors credit forcourses in agreement with the instructor. The National Center for Case Study Teaching inScience at the University at Buffalo is utilized as a primary resource and its purpose is to“promote the development and dissemination of materials and practices for case teaching in thesciences.” The paper will discuss the use of an Honors contract to facilitate creation of casesincluding student reflection of the process, the case focus on material science and finally thepaper will share the cases.
Waters, C., & Luster-Teasley, S. (2013, June), Student Case Study Creation for the Sustainable Side of Material Science Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22480
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