Case Study Method: Key Issues, Key Texts by Roger Gomm, Martyn Hammersley, Peter Foster

By Roger Gomm, Martyn Hammersley, Peter Foster

This is often the main complete consultant to the present makes use of and value of case examine equipment in social learn. The editors assemble key contributions from the sphere which replicate varied interpretations of the aim and capability of case learn study. The deal with matters equivalent to: the matter of generalizing from research of a small variety of instances; and the function of case learn in constructing and checking out theories.

The editors provide in-depth exams of the most arguments. An annotated bibliography of the literature facing case examine examine makes this an exhaustive and necessary guide.

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The person who wishes to make a judgement of transferability needs information about both contexts to make that judgement well. Now an inquirer cannot know all the contexts to which someone may wish to transfer working hypotheses; one cannot reasonably expect him or her to indicate the range of contexts to which there might be some transferability. But it is entirely reasonable to expect an inquirer to provide sufficient informa­ tion about the context in which an inquiry is carried out so that anyone else interested in transferability has a base of information appropriate to the judgement.

In this paper, I claim that case studies will often be the preferred method of research because they may be epistemologically in harmony with the reader's experi­ ence and thus to that person a natural basis for generalization. Experience We expect an inquiry to be carried out so that certain audiences will benefit - not just to swell the archives, but to help persons toward fur­ ther understandings. 1 Those people have arrived at their understandings mostly through direct and vicari­ ous experience.

H. ( 1 97 1 ) Explanation and Understanding. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. CHAPTER 2 THE ONLY GENERALIZATION IS: THERE IS NO GENERALIZATION Yvonna S. Lincoln and Egon G. Guba The trouble with generalizations is that they don't apply to particulars. Generalization as the aim of science A frequently mentioned aim of science is prediction and control. But prediction and control cannot be accomplished without something on which to base predictions or formulate controlling actions. It is the role of laws, those statements that Kaplan (1964) calls 'nomic' or 'nomolog­ ical' generalizations, to provide such a base.

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