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Case Study Research in Practice

Case Study Research in Practice

March 2009 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"With its highly readable style, this book is well suited to the needs of research students. Throughout it addresses the practicalities at a level that connects immediately to thorny issues in relation to the quality of the data, the quality of the analysis: in short the quality of the research." - Jane Payler, University of Winchester

Case Study Research in Practice explores the author's practical and uniquely personal approach to the theory and practice of case study research. Author Helen Simons draws on her extensive experience in conducting and teaching case study research to provide a comprehensive and insightful account of the process of conducting case study that tackles common misconceptions and addresses the questions often raised by students. In four sections, the book covers:

  • The rationale, concept and design of case study research
  • Methods and ethics in case study
  • Interpreting, analyzing and reporting the case.
  • Generalizing and theorizing in case study research

Including examples and summary memos the author has created a dynamic text that presents readers with choices and challenges to inform the conduct of their case research.

This is an ideal text for students studying and conducting case study research in education, health and social care, and related social science disciplines.

Evolution and Concept of Case Study Research
Planning, Designing, Gaining Access
Listen, Look, Document: Methods in Case Study Research
Who Are They? Studying Others
Who Are We? Studying Our 'Self '
Whose Data Are They? Ethics in Case Study Research
Mid-term Letter
Begin at the Beginning: Analysis and Interpretation
From Data to Story: Examples in Practice
Start at Any Point: Reporting and Writing
Dispelling Myths in Case Study Research

I see this book as an excellent way of filling a pretty major gap in the case study aspect of the masters' research seminar. This is down to the range of case-issues Simons deals with so lucidly.

Dr Conor Galvin
Education , UCD DUblin
May 4, 2010

excellent text for anyone at both undergraduate to doctoral level using case studies - Helen in a great writer

Ms Catherine O'Reilly
Education, Instititute of Public Administration
May 4, 2010

A useful text that explains the cocnepts of case study research. Too much focus on education research

Mr James Bostock
Events Management, Sheffield Hallam University
December 14, 2009

This is a very useful text for researchers and students interested in using case-studies in their research in the social sciences, international development, and related fields such as education and health.

Mr Daniel Mcavoy
Anthropology , East Anglia University
December 7, 2009

I have recommended this as one of two essential texts for the course.

Dr Conor Galvin
Education , UCD DUblin
November 12, 2009

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