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The Art of Case Study Research

The Art of Case Study Research

May 1995 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book presents a disciplined, qualitative exploration of case study methods by drawing from naturalistic, holistic, ethnographic, phenomenologic and biographic research methods.

Robert E Stake uses and annotates an actual case study to answer such questions as: How is the case selected? How do you select the case which is most likely to lead to maximizing what can be learned? How can what is learned from one case be applied to another? How can what is learned from a case be interpreted? In addition, the book covers: the differences between quantitative and qualitative approaches; data-gathering including document review; coding, sorting and pattern analysis; the roles of the researcher; triangulation; and reporting.

An Intensive Study of Case Study Research Methods

The Unique Case
Research Questions
The Nature of Qualitative Research
Data Gathering
Analysis and Interpretation
Case Researcher Roles
Writing the Report
Harper School

This is an excellent book for case study research focussing on qualitative case studies. Essential for researchers looking to use this approach.

Mr Matthew Gibson
Institute of Applied Social Studies, Birmingham University
March 11, 2014

Excellent introduction into qualitative, case study research. Very well written, conveying the key issues in clear and very engaging manner. Can also serve as a very short introduction manual to qualitative research in general.

Dr Piotr Goldstein
School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, Manchester University
June 8, 2013

A helpful text for the those students considering case study methodologies at post graduate level.

Mrs Jane Wright
Primary care, Bucks New University
April 14, 2013

The art of case study research is mainly focused upon an interpretivist perspective in that the cases discussed are centred on people’s stories and accounts. This book contains 10 chapters with the first chapter providing a definition of what a case study is in terms of how it focuses on the ‘uniqueness’ and ‘commonality’ of a particular problem, event, place or experience to better understand a phenomenon. This chapter also describes criterion for case selection and discusses issues related to ‘generalisation’, as well as ways in which researchers can generalise within cases. Chapter two discuses types of research questions which can be addressed through case study research and chapter three describes the characteristics of qualitative research ands its limitations for undertaking an interpretivist inquiry. Chapter four presents’ ways of gathering data and organising the data gathered from observations and interviews, with chapter five discussing data analysis and interpretation of the case, in terms of identifying patterns from within the data obtained from select paragraphs within interview transcripts. Chapter six covers the researcher’s role in the case study research in relation to where the researcher has positioned themselves within the case study with regards to: researcher as teacher, evaluator, advocate and more. Chapter seven addresses research validity in qualitative research in connection with triangulation and presents triangulation protocols as one solution to increasing the validity of case studies which employ a qualitative approach to data collection and analysis. Chapter eight provides the reader with ways in which to organise and report the findings from case studies. Chapter nine presents the author’s reflections about undertaking case study research and chapter 10 outlines a typical case study as an example for the reader to examine before undertaking their own case study research.

This text contains a useful bibliography of references and a glossary index. The language in this book is accessible to undergraduate, postgraduate and researchers seeking to employ case study approach to qualitative research projects. This text is useful for anyone seeking to undertake case study research using interpretivist methods. Of particular use are chapters six and seven as they cover the importance of the researcher’s role in case study research and triangulation as one solution to validity.

Mr Gary McKenna
School of Computing, University of the West of Scotland
February 7, 2013

The Art of Case Study Research is an indispensable source for the case study researcher. Essential reading prior to embarking on case study research.

Dr Mignon Van Vreden
Music , North-West University
November 17, 2012

Many of the post-graduate students take a case study vapproach in their small scale research projects and this book will be very useful for them in develeoping their methodologies and procedures.

Mrs Marion Hobbs
Education, Edge Hill University
May 22, 2012

It is clearly evident that the author has many years experience in designing and undertaking case studies and as such this is an essential text for any researcher undertaking a case study. It is easy to read and is laid out in a clear, logical way. Thank you.

Mr Stephen Prescott
Nursing and Health Studies, Huddersfield University
December 20, 2011

A superb supporting text for undergraduate and post graduate students conducting empirical research. Written in a logical and methodical order, workshops help students gain detailed understanding of the chosen concepts

Mr Michael Hall
Management , City College Norwich
July 25, 2011

This book will be used as a useful resource in developing learning activities and supplementary instructional handouts for students

Mrs Titilola Olukoga
Education , The Manchester College
March 11, 2011

This is an excellent text for students undertaking case study research.

Dr Ruth McAreavey
Planning, Architecture & Civil Eng'g, Queen's University Belfast
October 21, 2010

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