Ethics Corner—Case Studies Made Simple: It Is About the Story!
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Storytelling has long been used as a teaching tool. A Native American Proverb states: “Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.” Mankind is fascinated by a good story. Stories allow us to escape our own, sometimes, humdrum existence and to experience another person’s reality without fear of risk or consequences. Stories are a form of cerebral voyeurism. They act as cognitive simulators which transport the learner into contrived situations, requiring them to understand and negotiate moral/legal/policy/intrapersonal issues and arrive at “the truth.” This edition of Ethics Corner presents a simplistic, easy-to-follow approach to constructing a case study.
Lessons conveyed through storytelling are more easily absorbed and retained than facts presented in a conventional didactic format. Perhaps, it is because we view our own lives as a series of stories and not as a series of seemingly unrelated...
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A version of this was presented at the 2012 European Association for Cancer Education in Vienna, Austria.
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