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.)

Still from video Still from video Still from video

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.

Access the video booklet PDF


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.)

Still from video Still from video Still from video

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.

Ordering

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

Note: 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, 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: 8 June, 2017