Case Study Research in Practice

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SAGE, Mar 18, 2009 - Social Science - 200 pages
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Case Study Research in Practice explores the theory and practice of case study research. Helen Simons draws on her extensive experience of teaching and conducting case study to provide a comprehensive and practical account of how to design, conduct and communicate case study research. It addresses questions often raised by students and common misconceptions about case research. In four sections the book covers

- Rationale, concept and design of case study research

- Methods, ethics and reflexivity in case study

- Interpreting, analyzing and reporting the case

- Generalizing and theorizing in case study research

Rich with 'tales from the field' and summary memos as an aide-memoire to future action, the book provides fresh insights and challenges for researchers to guide their practice of case study research.

This is an ideal text for those studying and conducting case study research in education, health and social care, and related social science disciplines.

Helen Simons is Professor Emeritus of Education University of Southampton

 

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Loved it. Very precise and clear in its guidance. Cross application to field of medicine very easy. Well done.

Contents

PROLOGUE
1
INTRODUCTION
3
Section I GETTING STARTED
11
1 EVOLUTION AND CONCEPT OF CASE STUDY RESEARCH
13
2 PLANNING DESIGNING GAINING ACCESS
28
METHODS IN CASE STUDY RESEARCH
43
Section II IN THE FIELD
67
4 WHO ARE THEY? STUDYING OTHERS
69
ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION
117
EXAMPLES IN PRACTICE
135
Section IV TELLING THE STORY
145
REPORTING AND WRITING
147
10 DISPELLING MYTHS IN CASE STUDY RESEARCH
162
EPILOGUE
171
BIBLIOGRAPHY
173
INDEX
182

5 WHO ARE WE? STUDYING OUR SELF
81
6 WHOSE DATA ARE THEY? ETHICS IN CASE STUDY RESEARCH
96
Section III MAKING SENSE
115
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
190
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Helen Simons is Professor Emeritus of Education and Evaluation, University of Southampton

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