Case Study Analysis Guidelines
Case Study Analysis Guidelines term paper due and no idea how to lay it out. We suggest beginning by discussing and identifying central problems or questions.
What is the problem, question, or issue? More than one problem or question may exist; if so, try to identify the central problem. Define the problem/question as clearly as you can. If there is more than one problem/question, indicate which are primary and which are secondary. Differentiate symptoms of problems from the problem itself.
As you prepare to address the elements of analysis below, think about how the case's characters demonstrated both good and poor thinking habits, and how their thinking influenced the situation described in the case.
What is the purpose of analyzing the situation or problem described in the case? (Respond to this as an educator who is a problem solver, rather than as a learner for whom the purpose of analyzing a case is also to complete an assignment, or learn about problem analysis.)
What information is relevant to the problem or issue? What additional information needs to be gathered, either through the literature or on site in order to generate solutions?
What are the key concepts or ideas involved in the case? What are the significant theories that may be relevant when considering a solution or a strategy to address the problem?
What assumptions are being made by those involved in the case? Identify main assumptions about the problems, issues or questions being made by characters in the case. What are your own assumptions in analyzing the case?
Points of View
Multiple Perspectives: Identify different ways the issues may be viewed by those involved or affected by the problem, issue or question, and explain the potential impact of these perspectives on the case. What is your point of view and how does it affect your analysis?
Responses to the Problem/Issue/Question: Inferences and Conclusions
What inferences and conclusions can be drawn from evidence? Generate alternative courses of action.
Implications and Consequences
Justify the alternatives by discussing the advantages and disadvantages of each alternative, including the implications or consequences of each alternative should it be implemented. Which alternative course of action would you choose? Why?
Reflection: Thinking about the analysis of this case, does a similar issue or problem exist in your own setting? How would the analysis of this case relate to an issue or problem in your own setting?