Under the direction of Assistant Professor Scott Ensign, the research project Developing Cases Studies for Instructional/Learning Purposes received $72,500 in funding through the Public Outreach Grants of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
The project seeks to develop case studies related to funded research on entrepreneurial behaviour. Teaching cases for learning purposes depict an actual “real world” situation and allow the student/trainee to struggle through the decision making process weighing information and evaluating alternatives. Such exercises have been popular in business schools for many decades, have gained notoriety in the healthcare field for training doctors and nurses, and have been adopted as learning aids in other environments. The teaching cases delivered at the end of this project would be suitable for use in classrooms at colleges and universities throughout Canada and the world, and there is every confidence that the material produced (with strong Canadian content) would be welcomed by various economic development and training centres.