Preparation for case method teaching takes place on multiple levels. First-time case instructors typically devote time to learning about the core principles of participant-centered learning. They also reflect on the ways in which their academic and professional background, prior teaching experience, values, and personal style inform the opportunities and challenges they are likely to encounter as case teachers. Ideally, case instructors prepare to shape the learning environment and become familiar with their students even before the first day of class. Prior to each class session, preparation involves careful planning of both content and process.

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