Using the Case Method to Support Intercultural Learning in Higher Education: Findings from an Indo-German Project

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  • Author :Matthias Pilz, Sarah Pierenkemper, David Meinhard
  • Year of Publication :2014
  • ISBN: :9789351250234
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: VII, 88
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Community Development, Education, Political Science, Rural Development

About the Book :

Intercultural teaching and learning is becoming increasingly important in universities considering the new challenges as well as new opportunities in a culturally and linguistically diverse higher education landscape. This book is aimed at university teachers interested in teaching methodology. It focuses on a pragmatic approach to foster intercultural skills by using the Case Method. It includes the report of findings from an Indo-German project carried out by the Center for Modern Indian Studies at the University of Cologne (Germany) in cooperation with the Vellore Institute of Technology (India) and the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (India). The introductory section outlines the theoretical background of the development of the case study method in the context of teaching and learning research in detail. This is followed by a section on intercultural learning in universities. The next section provides an overview of how the case studies have been developed as a teaching and learning arrangement and discusses the limitations of the applicability of the mentioned theoretical framework. Three case studies are then reproduced as the basis for colleagues' own teaching. The authors would like to encourage readers to use these case studies in their own teaching and to adapt them to their own needs. The final section provides comprehensive material how to handle individual aspects of the reproduced case studies. Some possible interpretations are pointed out and the wide range of possible usage situations is presented. The documents also demonstrate how successful case studies can be in creating motivation, curiosity and creativity among students.

About Author :

Matthias Pilz is full professor of Economics and Business Education at the University of Cologne. Prof. Pilz studied Business Education at the University of Goettingen and Economics at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. From 1996 to 1998, he was research assistant at the Chair of Economic Education at the TU Dresden and received his Doctor's degree/Ph.D. at the University of Konstanz in 1999. Till 2004 he worked as research associate for the Institute of Business Education and Educational Management at the University of St. Gallen/Switzerland before becoming a full professor at the Freiburg University of Education. Since 2009, he is a full professor at the University of Cologne and Director of the G.R.E.A.T. (German Research Center for Comparative Vocational Education and Training) and since 2010 the CMIS-UC (Center for Modern Indian Studies at the University of Cologne).

Sarah Pierenkemper is research assistant at the Department of Business and Economics Education and G.R.E.A.T. at the University of Cologne. Since 2012, she is the executive director of the CMIS-UC. Sarah studied business administration and business education at the University of Cologne and Teesside University, UK. In the years 2011 and 2012, Sarah has been to India by a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) research grant to study the Indian vocational education and training system.

David B. Meinhard is a research assistant at the Center for Higher Education Quality (cheQ) at the University of Cologne.  He studied business education at the University of Cologne and at the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. After finishing the diploma in 2010 he started working at cheQ. Since then, David was also engaged in the activities of the CMIS-UC and went to India by a DAAD research grant to study good practices of Academic Staff Development at Indian Universities.