Getting Started

Individuals approach learning with cases in very different ways. You may wish to consider doing one or more of the following after reading a case:

Recognize potential issues

Go back and read the case again, this time noting words or phrases that seem to be important to you in understanding what the case is about. If you have a hard copy, underline these phrases. You are looking for "learning issues' that you might explore further. Jot down your ideas and questions about these phrases If you are working in a group, this approach might be done as a group discussion, with one person keeping a list of issues (maybe on the chalkboard) as they are raised.

Here's an example of some of the kinds of issues raised in one paragraph of Fleaing Louisiana:

Moses Anders hung up the phone after talking with Ella Cardinale-Jones about her troubles with ticks on the dog, roaches in the house and hungry mosquitos chewing up her kids. "Now Mr. Anders, I'm used to seeing some bugs around -- this is Louisiana. But it seems no matter what I do there are more and more of them. How can I get rid of them? I don't feel like my children are safe." Ms. Cardinale-Jones was the 19th caller about pests this month, and it was only January 7th.

What we know now

It's January in Louisiana. There are lots of insects, perhaps more than usual, and people with safety concerns are calling Moses Anders about this.

Potential learning issues

Insect populations and the factors that affect them. Problems posed to humans by insects. Insect control measures. Unusual insect occurences in winter. The job held by Moses that would lead people to call him.

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