ERIC Number: ED373115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Building Explanations across Case Studies: A Framework for Synthesis.
Rossman, Gretchen B.
A framework is offered for fostering systematic, creative synthesis across various case studies. The challenge for those seeking to synthesize from case studies is to develop respect for the individual case context while permitting some blurring of unique features to occur in the synthesis. Case studies are meant to render an account of specific events in the present or immediate past, whether from qualitative or quantitative data. They cannot be aggregated as statistical studies can. Generalizing entails applying conclusions from one set of circumstances to another set of circumstances. It differs from synthesis, which is the process of forming something complex from simpler elements. The process of synthesizing across case studies presented comprises a number of phases which are as follows: (1) beginning, (2) bounding the scope of the synthesis, (3) inventorying the cases, (4) reading the studies, (5) developing an interpretation of each case, (6) juxtaposing the cases, (7) synthesizing the cases, and (8) writing the synthesis. Technical, political, cultural, and moral dimensions must be regarded in the synthesis process. Two case studies of teachers illustrate the application of the process. (Contains 41 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Boulder. School of Education.
Note: Paper prepared for the Curriculum Reform Project.