National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (NCCSTS)
The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (NCCSTS) houses more than 513 peer-reviewed case studies designed to teach concepts, content, process skills, and critical thinking in science and engineering. The website offers content appropriate for grades 9-12.
The Case Collection can be searched by keyword and filtered by subject, education level, type/method, topic, and date. Here are some examples of cases that can be downloaded:
- In A Can of Bull: Do Energy Drinks Really Provide a Source of Energy?, students analyze popular energy drinks to determine whether nutritional claims are accurate. The resource includes teaching notes, answer key, and the lesson plan ( PDF, 158 KB, 10 pg.) can be downloaded.
- An Antipodal Mystery, asks students to consider the discovery of the platypus and focuses on classification and evolution while modeling the scientific process.
- In A Recipe for Invention: Scientist (and Engineer) Biographies students research the personal and professional lives of researchers to break down racial and gender stereotypes about scientists and engineers.
- In Love Potion #10 students consider whether evidence supports the scientific claims made in an advertisement for pheromones and design an experiment to test the claims.
Teaching Resources include publications, a directory of case study teachers, and articles on assessment. Case Studies in Science: A Novel Method of Science Education ( PDF, 8 MB, 9 pg.) describes the case study approach to science education and discusses its pros and cons.