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Using Case Study in Education Research



© 2013 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book provides an accessible introduction to using case studies. It makes sense of literature in this area, and shows how to generate collaborations and communicate findings.

The authors bring together the practical and the theoretical, enabling readers to build expertise on the principles and practice of case study research, as well as engaging with possible theoretical frameworks. They also highlight the place of case study as a key component of educational research.

With the help of this book, M-Level students, teacher educators and practitioner researchers will gain the confidence and skills needed to design and conduct a high quality case study.

Dr Lorna Hamilton is a Senior Lecturer in Education Research at the University of Edinburgh. Dr Connie Corbett-Whittier is an Associate Professor of English and Humanities at Friends University, Topeka, Kansas.

'Drawing on a wide range of their own and others' experiences, the authors offer a comprehensive and convincing account of the value of case study in educational research. What comes across - quite passionately - is the way in which a case study approach can bring to life some of the complexities, challenges and contradictions inherent in educational settings. The book is written in a clear and lively manner and should be an invaluable resource for those teachers and students who are incorporating a case study dimension into their research work.' -Ian Menter, Professor of Teacher Education, University of Oxford

'This book is comprehensive in its coverage, yet detailed in its exposition of case study research. It is a highly interactive text with a critical edge and is a useful tool for teaching. It is of particular relevance to practitioner researchers, providing accessible guidance for reflective practice. It covers key matters such as: purposes, ethics, data analysis, technology, dissemination and communities for research. And it is a good read!' -

Professor Anne Campbell, formerly of Leeds Metropolitan University

'This excellent book is a principled and theoretically informed guide to case study research design and methods for the collection, analysis and presentatin of evidence' - Professor Andrew Pollard, Institute of Education, University of London

Research Methods in Education series:

Each book in this series maps the territory of a key research approach or topic in order to help readers progress from beginner to advanced researcher.

Each book aims to provide a definitive, market-leading overview and to present a blend of theory and practice with a critical edge. All titles in the series are written for Master's-level students anywhere and are intended to be useful to the many diverse constituencies interested in research on education and related areas.

Other books in the series:

- Qualitative Research in Education, Atkins and Wallace

- Action Research in Education, McAteer

- Ethnography in Education, Mills and Morton

For more about the series and additional resources visit the BERA/SAGE series page here.

 
PART ONE: THE CASE STUDY APPROACH IN EDUCATION RESEARCH
 
Defining Case Study in Education Research
 
Ideas as the Foundation for Case Study
 
PART TWO: CHOOSING THE CASE STUDY ROUTE
 
Key Purposes
 
Key Decisions
 
Ethics and Issues
 
PART THREE: DOING A CASE STUDY
 
Carrying out Your Study
 
A Practitioner Perspective
 
Approaches to Data Analysis
 
Using Technology to Manage and Analyze Your Data
 
PART FOUR: DISSEMINATING AND DEFENDING CASE STUDY APPROACH
 
Finding Your Voice
 
Sharing Case Study: Quality and Communication
 
PART FIVE: COMMUNITY AND NETWORKING
 
Virtual Environments and Collaborations
 
Community Building
 
Conclusion
 
References
 
Index

'Drawing on a wide range of their own and others' experiences, the authors offer a comprehensive and convincing account of the value of case study in educational research. What comes across - quite passionately - is the way in which a case study approach can bring to life some of the complexities, challenges and contradictions inherent in educational settings. The book is written in a clear and lively manner and should be an invaluable resource for those teachers and students who are incorporating a case study dimension into their research work'
- Ian Menter, Professor of Teacher Education, University of Oxford


'This book is comprehensive in its coverage, yet detailed in its exposition of case study research. It is a highly interactive text with a critical edge and is a useful tool for teaching. It is of particular relevance to practitioner researchers, providing accessible guidance for reflective practice. It covers key matters such as: purposes, ethics, data analysis, technology, dissemination and communities for research. And it is a good read!'
- Professor Anne Campbell, formerly of Leeds Metropolitan University


'This excellent book is a principled and theoretically informed guide to case study research design and methods for the collection, analysis and presentation of evidence'
-Professor Andrew Pollard, Institute of Educaiton, University of London


This publication provides easy text, giving differing viewpoints to establish definitions for case study research. This book has been recommended to the Fd students to support projects of action research.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care And Early Years, Swindon College
November 27, 2016

This has again been recommended for students on the Foundation Degree and Degree programmes as it is an easy text, providing differing viewpoints to establish definitions for case study research. Additionally recommended on the reading list for the BA programmes to provide a clearer insight into using Case Studies in preschool and school environments.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care and Early Years, Swindon College
October 25, 2016

This is an excellent book - very clear

Mrs denise Burke Mac Giolla Ri
Department of Humanities, Athlone Institute of Technology
September 11, 2016

This text clearly discusses the case study approach and would be useful for both undergraduate and post graduate learners.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Department of Educational Studies, Bath Spa University
January 5, 2016

An easily accessible text, giving alternative points of view on what case study research actually is and how it might be interpreted at doctoral level.

Mrs Tracy Jane Wallis
School of Education, Wolverhampton University
June 28, 2015

This is a pleasant read with a number of useful group and individual tasks for students to engage with as they think through designing and doing a project. These tasks for useful not just for case studies but can be adapted as students consider other research designs.

Dr Joanne Hill
Faculty of Education and Sport, University of Bedfordshire
May 12, 2015

Offers a good understanding of case study research in a clear and accessible manner. A perfect starting point for the researcher new to the case study method and will also offer the experienced researcher some useful tips and insights.

Mr John Pierce
Health & Leisure, Tralee Institute of Technology
March 14, 2015

This text is clearly written and argues strongly for using case study in educational research, despite the challenges this approach faces in the dynamic world of shifting research paradigms. Step-by-step guidance from initial ideas through to the reality of undertaking case study in educational research is helpful

Mrs Lyz Howard
Department of Health, Health and Social Care Teaching Team
April 9, 2014

The book is written in a practical way, which gives a clear guide for undergraduate students especially for those who are using case study in education research. I will definitely add this book to recommended reading lists.

Ms Eva Mikuska
Childhood Studies (Bishop Otter), Chichester University
December 12, 2013

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