Vibrant and insightful, this book introduces students and researchers to the basics of case study research. Adopting jargon-free language, it grounds its advice in concrete experience and real-world cases. Using examples from across the social sciences, Gary Thomas provides practical guidance on how best to read, design and carry out case study research with a focus on how to manage and analyze data.
The new edition of this bestselling book addresses crucial issues around ethics and has improved coverage of key themes such as rigor, validity, generalization and the analysis of case studies. It demystifies case study research and answers important questions such as:
What is a case study?
When and why should case study methods be used?
How are case studies designed?
What methods can be used?
How do we analyze and make sense of our data?
How do we write up and write about our case?
Bursting with real-world examples and multidisciplinary cases, and supported by a dynamic new website, this book is essential reading for any student or researcher in the social sciences and humanities.
Gary Thomas is a professor of education at the University of Birmingham. His teaching and research have focused on inclusion, special education and research methodology in education, with a particular focus on case study. He has co-edited the International Journal of Research and Method in Education and the British Educational Research Journal and is currently executive editor of Educational Review. Follow Gary's observations on social research on Twitter @garyhowto.
Part 1: Getting Your Bearings Chapter 1: What Is a Case Study? Chapter 2: Case Study and Research Design Chapter 3: Models of the Whole Chapter 4: Ensuring Quality in Your Case Study: What's Important? Part 2: Getting Down to Doing It Chapter 5: Kinds of Case Studies: Finding Your Case Chapter 6: Your Purpose Chapter 7: Your Approach Chapter 8: Your Process Part 3: Getting On With It and Finishing Chapter 9: Out in the Field: Some Ways to Collect Data and Evidence Chapter 10: A Toolkit for Analyzing and Thinking Chapter 11: Writing Your Study Chapter 12: The Fancy Stuff: Generalization, Induction, Abduction, Phronesis and Theory