Training Videos

The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science has produced two videos that demonstrate how to teach science in a meaningful way using case studies in classroom discussions and small group learning. Both videos demonstrate how to effectively involve students in the learning process. They show real classes in action.


Video #1: Use of Case Studies and Group Discussion in Science Education

(Release Date: 01/10/2002, Duration: 26 minutes, Price: $35.00 for DVD format, $20.00 for VHS in U.S. dollars.)

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This hands-on video shows the classical method of running a case study class used by Harvard law and business school professors for almost 100 years—the art of using successful group discussion. In 26 minutes you will learn how to insure that your large group discussion is not a free-for-all or an exercise in futility as you try to get students to say something intelligent. Preparation and control are the key ingredients. For preparation students must read a case study ahead of time. But it is more than that. In this video, which focuses on a case study involving genetically modified food, you will see how an actual class is given a “warm-up” by breaking into small groups to discuss the reading they’ve done ahead of time. Then you will see how a large group discussion is successfully controlled. It’s the important, yet subtle, use of appropriate questions, body language, blackboard planning, and summarization that makes it all work.

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Video #2: Team Learning: Cooperative Learning in the Science Classroom

(Release Date: 01/10/2002, Duration: 26 minutes, Price: $35.00 for DVD format, $20.00 for VHS in U.S. dollars.)

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Having students work in small groups is arguably the best way to teach science and this includes teaching science using cases. But how can we run a classroom this way? Here is one answer using a revolutionary method called Team Learning. This 26-minute video shows you how to establish groups, how to set up a grading system that encourages group participation, how to answer students questions and, most importantly, why this is a superior method of teaching.

Access the video booklet PDF


Ordering Information

Price

The cost for each DVD format is $35.00 in U.S. Dollars; for each VHS it is $20.00 (plus $30.00 shipping and handling for orders mailed outside of the USA). If you are ordering more than two (2) DVDs or video tapes, there may be additional shipping charges. If this is the case, we will contact you.

Online Orders

Order and pay for your video(s) by using our online video form.

Mail / Fax / Telephone Orders

If you prefer to order videos by mail or fax, please complete the printed order form PDF and send it along with your check or money order made out to “UB Foundation, Inc./Nat’l Ctr. Case Teaching Science.”

We also accept credit card orders by mail, via the order form, or by telephone at 716-645-4900. If paying by telephone, you must also submit a printed form by fax or regular mail. Then, on our password-protected voicemail, please clearly state and spell your first name and last name, your telephone number, credit card type, credit card number, names on credit card, expiration date, and three digit code on the back of the card.

The address to send your order and payment is:

National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
c/o Carolyn Wright
Dept. of Biological Sciences
University at Buffalo
109 Cooke Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260

or by fax to: 716-645-2975


All Orders:

Videos will be sent via United States Postal Service (USPS). Please expect delivery in approximately two to four weeks from receipt of payment. For additional information, please contact Carolyn Wright via email (nccsts@buffalo.edu) or by phone (716-645-4900) or fax (716-645-2975).


Reviews

  • The Use of Case Studies and Group Discussion in Science Education
    • Review (“Highly Recommended”) in Educational Media Reviews Online.
  • Team Learning: Cooperative Learning in the Science Classroom
    • Review (“Highly Recommended”) in Educational Media Reviews Online.

These videos are a production of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Production was made possible with support from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Science Foundation.

Last Modified: 31 March, 2014