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ERIC Number: ED141512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Case Studies and Quantitative Analysis in the "Alternative Patterns for Strengthening Community Service Programs" Study.
Caulley, Darrel N.
This paper discusses the research methodology of the study "Alternative Patterns for Strengthening Community Service Programs" which examined programs in a large number of institutions of higher education. The first and major part of the paper deals with the use of case studies in generating data and communicating knowledge and feelings. The second part deals with how quantitative analysis was related to qualitative knowledge. Using an analogy of a clock, the author presents a number of advantages of the case study approach over the survey approach and gives the rationale for the use of the case study approach. Polanyi's concepts of tacit knowledge and propositional knowledge are discussed, and the author indicates how both types of knowledge were communicated through written case studies. Turning to a discussion of how quantitative analysis is related to qualitative analysis, the author states that quantitative analysis may only be used to confirm a theoretical insight derived from qualitative knowledge, not to discover new insights. He gives an example of how quantitative analysis was used to confirm a theoretical insight that there are three types of project orientation: transactive, institution, and community. (LMS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Adult Education Research Conference (Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 1977)