ERIC Number: ED256006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
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Stake, Robert E.
Perhaps as a response to the unfulfilled promises of more scientific, experimental forms of educational research, interest in the case study has revived in recent years. Case studies are studies of individual, bounded systems having their own intrinsic interest and are usually naturalistic, or noninterventionist, in design. Case studies try to account for contextual effects on behaviors that other forms of research attempt to isolate. Results tend to be generalizable to the extent that readers can find similarities between reported cases and their own, but the studies are not intended to develop grand generalizations. Case study can and should be rigorous, though checks on methodology, interpretation of findings, and validity are more directly the responsibility of the researcher and less directly that of the research design than is the case in other forms of research. Among the drawbacks to the case study method of research are the costs, the training time required of researchers, and the method's capacity for breaching the wall of privacy that research subjects may be trying to maintain. (PGD)
Not available separately; see EA 017 423.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Note: In: Research, Policy and Practice. World Yearbook of Education 1985. New York, Nichols Publishing Company, 1985. p277-85, (EA 017 423).