Developing and Teaching anMSWCapstone Course Using Case Methods of Instruction

Terry A. Wolfer, Miriam L. Freeman, Rita Rhodes


Using an innovative process, the authors and their colleagues developed a
case-oriented MSW capstone course. This article outlines the process of developing
the course, choosing instructional methods and materials, and preparing instructors
to teach the course. It reviews the process of teaching the course, including preparing
to teach individual class sessions, identifying and dealing with several instructional
challenges that emerged, and designing means to evaluate the course. The authors
provide specific recommendations to faculty who wish to provide a similar course. In
particular, they show how course development involves substantial, ongoing collaboration
by faculty that yield exceptional benefits.


Social work education, casemethod teaching, course development, capstone course

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