Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 14

Volume 14 Number 2, Pages 153-166

Summer 2003

Making the Case: The Systems Project Case Study as Storytelling

Neil C. Ramiller
Portland State University
Portland, OR 97207, USA

Abstract: Term projects based on case studies are a common way to engage students in the concepts and skills introduced by information-systems development courses. The case study works as a pedagogical approach in great part because it tells a story, which taps into the centrality of narrative in human cognition. This paper draws on thinking in the area of narrative studies in order to develop a systematic perspective on the task of writing systems-project case studies. A general narrative framework for the case study is proposed, with the goal of providing structured guidance in the development, use, and evaluation of cases. The author’s recent experience in developing a case study for use in database-management courses illustrates key points.

Keywords: Case studies, Narrative, Situated learning, Systems development

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Recommended Citation: Ramiller, N. C. (2003). Making the Case: The Systems Project Case Study as Storytelling. Journal of Information Systems Education, 14(2), 153-166.