How to Do Your Case Study: A Guide for Students and Researchers

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SAGE Publications, Jan 19, 2011 - Social Science - 231 pages
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Case Study is one of the most widely applied methods of research and instruction in use today. Cases are used to frame research, aid teaching and help learning the world over. Yet, despite being so widely used, there remains a great deal of uncertainty about what constitutes case study research and how case studies should be designed and carried out.

In this lucid, accessible and often witty new text, Gary Thomas introduces students and researchers to the basics of case study research. Using a wide range of real-life examples, this book sets out for those new to the method how best to design and carry out case studies in the social sciences and humanities

How to do your case study: a guide for students and researchers deals with the core issues and methods that anyone new to case study will need to understand:

- What is a case study?

- When and why should case study methods be used?

- How are case studies designed?

- What methods can be used?

- How do we analyse and make sense of our data?

- How do we write up and write about our case?

How to do your Case Study will be essential reading for any student or researcher in the Social Sciences, Health Sciences, in Business Studies, in Education and the Humanities.

 

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Contents

Getting your bearings
1
1 What is a case study?
3
2 The case study and research design
25
3 Models of the whole
45
Whats important?
61
Getting down to doing it
73
Finding your case
75
6 Your purpose
97
8 Your process
137
Getting on with it and finishing
159
some ways toc ollect data and evidence
161
10 A toolkit for analysing and thinking
170
11 Writing your study
194
Generalisation induction abduction phronesis and theory
206
References
219
Index
225

7 Your approach
111

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About the author (2011)

Gary Thomas is a professor of education at the University of Birmingham. His teaching and research have focused on inclusion, special education and research methodology in education, with a particular focus on case study. He has co-edited the International Journal of Research and Method in Education and the British Educational Research Journal and is currently executive editor of Educational Review.

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