ERIC Number: ED249285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Case Study Methodology in Educational Evaluation. Proceedings of the Minnesota Evaluation Conference (May 1981).
Welch, Wayne W., Ed.
The four papers in these proceedings provide a comprehensive picture of the rationale, methodology, strengths, and limitations of case studies. In "Doing Justice in Evaluation Research," David Hamilton argues that the application of scientific methods to the study of social systems has given us a false illusion of certainty. He offers an alternative view, driven by a concern for justice rather than by scientific efficiency. In "Illustrative Examples of Case Studies," Constance Leean uses a story of Mr. Rock, a rural Vermonter, to capture the flavor and spirit of the case study process. Her chapter provides the reader with the essence of this kind of research: the emotions, the friendliness, the surprises, the understanding. In "Case Study Methodology: An Epistemological Advocacy," Robert Stake urges readers to rethink their notions of the rational and the intuitive. He argues that case study knowledge is unique in that it extends and refines personal and experiential knowledge. In "Case Study Methodology: A Critique," James Sanders describes evaluation as a form of disciplined inquiry which is guided by certain tenets and argues that case studies must adhere to these criteria. He also points out some difficulties in the approach. (BW)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Research and Evaluation Center, Minneapolis.