Introduction to Case Stories
The case stories in this section are not a part of the formal workshop; however, we have found exercises like this to be useful in promoting critical thinking with students. We invite you to review the three case stories that are based on autographical accounts of students’ experiences and originally developed to help increase the success of diverse students in higher education. We have copied them with permission, from: Gillespie, D., & Woods, G. (2000). Critical Moments: Responding Creatively to Cultural Diversity Through Case Stories. (3rd Ed.). (Funded in part by The Woods Charitable Fund & The Cooper Foundation.) They are copied with permission of the authors.
A note on the three stories:
Struggles in the Classroom is the story of a Deaf student who is in danger of failing a course. She feels devalued by her instructor who, she believes, is inconsiderate of her educational needs. Communication between student and instructor is limited. Concomitantly, she displays serious writing limitations.
On Being Heard is the story of a male student in a communications lab setting for freshmen. Maicee, a Hmong student shares that she is having problems with an insensitive English instructor. Classmates offer support as she shares her struggles. Meanwhile, Todd a Caucasian male student in the lab feels isolated. This story provides an example of cultural and gender dynamics that may be experienced in higher education.
Sinking in Sociology deals with a first generation college student who is in danger of failing his English class. His confidence is shaken and he feels increasingly isolated.