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Using Case Studies to Connect with the Adult Learner in UG and GR Public Administration Programs

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In the fall of 2005, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) convened a panel to address the educational and professional requirements of both in-service and nontraditional students in public administration undergraduate and graduate programs. The lesson from this conference was to embrace an approach to higher education that accommodates and motivates the adult learner. Adult learning has become so important in education literature that is has its own terminology (Andragogy).
The ideas that came from the 2005 NASPAA conference have the potential to link the divide between teaching and practicing public administration.
The model discussed in this paper incorporates student-written cases into the curriculum and meets the needs of better preparing adult learners to become practitioners in the public and non-profit sectors
Because public administration is an applied field, the appeal of using student-written cases to train professionals is easy to understand. The cases provide an ideal vehicle for students to personally apply the theories taught in the classroom to the solution of real organizational problems. There are several ways in which this happens: Writing cases forces students to reflect on the ways work experience improves professional practice. Writing cases provides an opportunity for students to use classroom information and link it to experience. The case-writing method is a pedagogical tool that appropriately serves diverse audiences.
This paper reflects on the potential of student-written case studies for teaching in-service public administration students. When students see case studies written by others, they learn. When they write a case study to incorporate learning objectives, they learn that their course work is relevant and representative to their life and work.

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Sussman, Stephen. "Using Case Studies to Connect with the Adult Learner in UG and GR Public Administration Programs" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, San Jose Marriott, San Jose, California, Feb 22, 2008 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p245591_index.html>

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Sussman, S. E. , 2008-02-22 "Using Case Studies to Connect with the Adult Learner in UG and GR Public Administration Programs" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, San Jose Marriott, San Jose, California Online <PDF>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p245591_index.html

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Abstract: In the fall of 2005, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) convened a panel to address the educational and professional requirements of both in-service and nontraditional students in public administration undergraduate and graduate programs. The lesson from this conference was to embrace an approach to higher education that accommodates and motivates the adult learner. Adult learning has become so important in education literature that is has its own terminology (Andragogy).
The ideas that came from the 2005 NASPAA conference have the potential to link the divide between teaching and practicing public administration.
The model discussed in this paper incorporates student-written cases into the curriculum and meets the needs of better preparing adult learners to become practitioners in the public and non-profit sectors
Because public administration is an applied field, the appeal of using student-written cases to train professionals is easy to understand. The cases provide an ideal vehicle for students to personally apply the theories taught in the classroom to the solution of real organizational problems. There are several ways in which this happens: Writing cases forces students to reflect on the ways work experience improves professional practice. Writing cases provides an opportunity for students to use classroom information and link it to experience. The case-writing method is a pedagogical tool that appropriately serves diverse audiences.
This paper reflects on the potential of student-written case studies for teaching in-service public administration students. When students see case studies written by others, they learn. When they write a case study to incorporate learning objectives, they learn that their course work is relevant and representative to their life and work.

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