The Art of Case Study Research
This book presents a disciplined, qualitative exploration of case study methods by drawing from naturalistic, holistic, ethnographic, phenomenological and biographic research methods.
Robert E. Stake uses and annotates an actual case study to answer such questions as: How is the case selected? How do you select the case which will maximize what can be learned? How can what is learned from one case be applied to another? How can what is learned from a case be interpreted? In addition, the book covers: the differences between quantitative and qualitative approaches; data-gathering including document review; coding, sorting and pattern analysis; the roles of the researcher; triangulation; and reporting.
The Unique Case
Producing generalizations Petite and grand particularity
Criteria for selection of cases
The Nature of Qualitative Research
Analysis and Interpretation
Categorical aggregation or direct interpretation The Thought Fox
Targets for triangulation Uncontestable description need
Role play school board members
Writing the Report
Organizing the report early on Outlining page allocation
Vignettes Narrative fraud Burbank fieldtrip