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Assignment 1: Discussion—Case Study as an Effective Diagnostic Method

The case study has been used by educators as an effective research and diagnostic method for many years. A case study can be an effective tool for not only identifying the academic strengths and weaknesses of ELLs, but also for identifying the social and familial factors involved in their learning. Case studies also assist the classroom teacher in individualizing instruction in their classroom and in planning their own professional development for instructional improvement.

Using the module readings, Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet, research the uses of the Case Study Model as a diagnostic method. Based on your research, answer the following:

What is a case study? Why is it a valuable tool for the ELL teacher?
How would an individual student case study differ from the case study of a whole class?
What types of information do you feel would be most valuable when conducting a case study of an ELL?
What type of data does the case study provide to the teacher?

Write your initial response in approximately 200 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

By the due date assigned, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through the end of the module, review and comment on at least two peers’ responses. Do the following in your responses:

Look for responses that are from different grade levels or subject matters that you currently teach. Do you find any similarities and differences?
Suggest other resources you may have used or are aware of that will be effective in conducting case studies of ELLs.

Assignment 1 Grading Criteria Maximum PointsExplained a case study and how valuable a tool it is for teachers of ELLs.8Described how an individual case study would differ from the case study of a whole class.4Identified the types of information that would be most valuable when conducting a case study of an ELL.4Described the type of data a case study provides to teacher of an ELL.4Total:20