The purpose of this study was three-fold: (1) to compile information explaining what the case method is, giving instructions concerning the use of the case method for students and instructor, and discussing how cases may be obtained and written; (2) to analyze the case method of instruction to show the advantages and disadvantages of its use in teaching religion; and (3) to develop sample cases that could be used in teaching religion in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

This study examined available research material from three major sources: (1) the use of the case method in the L. D. S. Church, (2) the use of the case method in the field of religious education, and (3) the use of the case method in fields other than religious education. The research material was examined in order to determine the usability of this method in teaching religious subjects at the high school level.

Letters were sent to 43 seminary teachers within the L. D. S. Church giving them information as to what the case method is and instructions for writing cases. These teachers were asked to write a case, use it, give the reactions of their students, and submit an evaluation of the case method. The cases written by these teachers are included in this study.



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Religious Education; Church History and Doctrine



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Mormon Church, Teaching, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Education