What is Case Study?
Case study is a learning practice that shifts the emphasis from lecture-based activities towards more student-based activities. In general, teaching materials for case study can come from various sources. Teaching materials can be a short journal or news article; they can be a scenario of problem solving and decision making; they can be an open-ended question, a picture or even a diagram. The aim of case study is to help students demonstrate the theoretical concepts in real-life issues. Students can also develop various generic skills, such as decision making and practical skills through the case study. Case study can be practiced either individually or as a group. Students are actively involved in the learning process because they are required to produce solution and arguments for their study. Case study can reinforce the traditional teaching and learning methods because it acts as a bridge between theory and practice.
|Take Time to Set|
|Take Time to Answer|
|Take Time to Correct|
|Take Time to provide Feedback|
|Y||Suitable for Large Class|
|Can substitute with Computers|
|Y||Process Oriented Method|
|Y||Product Oriented Method|
|P = Possibly Y =Yes|
As there are many different approaches to practice Case Study, there are different assessment criteria. Teachers have to make sure the learning outcomes are aligned with the case for analysis (e.g. a scenario analysis or diagram analysis). In addition, teachers have to ensure that the grading criteria fit the format chosen for the case. Here is a sample marking rubrics for case study.
|Understand and apply the theory:||Showed a thorough understanding of the theory; able to concisely assess the case to apply the theoretical concept at a deep level||Showed a working understanding of the theory; able to satisfactorily assess the case but applied the theoretical concept at a surface level||Showed basic understanding of the theory; attempted to assess the case and apply the theoretical concept in a very limited level||Showed little understanding of the theory; poorly assessed the case and applied the theoretical concept|
|Problem solving skills:||Able to suggest and bring out appropriate solutions to the case; many solutions were provided; logical approach to seek for solutions was observed||Able to bring out some solutions; logical flow was still observed but there was a lack of relevance of the flow||Still able to bring out a few solutions on time; logical flow was hardly observed||Failed to bring out any solution to the case; logical flow was not observed|
|Creative opinions and solutions:||Able to come up with some innovative opinions; solutions were not those mentioned on textbook and lesson||Attempted to look for a few innovative opinions, some solutions were those not mentioned on textbook and lesson||Attempted to look for any innovative opinions; solutions were those mentioned on textbook and lesson||Failed to show or didn’t attempt to give any innovative opinions; ideas were those on textbook|
|Case analysis:||A deep and critical analysis was made based on a wild range of inter-disciplinary perspectives||A satisfactory analysis was made; showed the attempt to analyze the case from a wild perspective but not deep and critical enough||Analysis was made based on the subject discipline at a surface level||Failed to make an analysis of the case with the context of the subject|
An editorial from MingPao (10-11-2009)
Title: Minimum wage should be low
A minimum wage bill is now before the Legislative Council (Legco). The Liberal Party, which represents the business sector, has suggested that the minimum wage should be set at $24 an hour (about $5,000 a month), while most trade unions have demanded that it be at least $33 an hour (about $7,000 a month). This newspaper reported last Wednesday the government intends it to be near the former initially.
The government's idea is in keeping with the reality in Hong Kong. The higher the minimum wage is, the likelier it will be for the employment market to be distorted and for wage earners to lose their jobs. Therefore, the minimum wage should be low initially. It is necessary to observe how seriously the legislation will impact on the employment market before gradually adjusting it in the light of the actual situation.
As that is a mainstream view and a minimum wage bill has been presented to Legco, it is not realistic for business people (employers) to object to legislating for a minimum wage in principle or refuse to discuss how much the minimum wage should be or how the legislation should be enforced in practice. Employers and unionists should try to make a good job of the legislation and make sure that it will protect poorly-paid workers without considerably increasing unemployment.
If the minimum wage is too high, employers may make little profit, and many employees may become jobless. Even unionists cannot deny society may face such a danger. However, if the minimum wage is excessively low, society will only be exposed to the risk of having an ineffective policy. Poverty may still be a problem, but it would not worsen. And the government could then revise the policy to make it more forceful. Having weighed the pros and cons, we believe the minimum wage should be low initially. That would expose society to lower risk.
Minimum wage legislation is new to Hong Kong. It is unclear how it may impact on the employment market. It is therefore realistic to move forward very cautiously and set the minimum wage low initially lest the market should be seriously distorted.
Students will be divided into three different groups (representing the Government, employers and employees). Each group will be given ten minutes to present their ideas. Then, students will have 30 minutes to discuss the issue of the statutory minimum wage.To Reference these pages
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