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How to Do Your Case Study

How to Do Your Case Study

Second Edition
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November 2015 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.

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

Used a guide for students doing projects

Ms Fionnuala Darby
Dept of Business, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
January 29, 2016

A great first methodology book for the professional doctorate audience who use case studies widely. Specifically it has a highly pragmatic stance which is appealing to the professional coming back into higher education but it does not give up on rigor. My students have provided excellent feedback on it and have identified it as one of their favorites

Dr Annette Fillery-travis
Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University
January 15, 2016

A very useful book for our newly designed dissertation module which gives the students the option of completing a case study for their final year dissertation. The book starts off with an easy to understand section on 'what is a case study,' and then progressively takes you through each section of completing this process. Excellent book, I would recommend for any individual wanting to conduct a case study.

Dr Charlotte Nicole Gautrey
Department of Sports Therapy, University College Birmingham
January 8, 2016

A good basic coverage of the design and application of the use of case studies as a research tool or as evidence of impact.

Ms Margaret Anne Postance
Faculty Of Education, Edge Hill University
December 9, 2015

When using a case study methodology it is helpful to fully understand the different types and dimensions of such a research method. This book provides a clear framework on which to develop the skills in using case studies as a research tool.

Mrs Anita McGowan
Human Resources Management/Development, Croydon College
December 2, 2015

It is easy to follow. After each chapter key points summarising the main idea with helpful tips.

Ms Didem Carr
Education , Southend Adult Community College
November 18, 2015

The book provides comprehensive guidelines for both novice and experienced student researchers. A necessary road-map for any student serious about conducting a successful research project.

Professor Femi Odebiyi
Business Administration , Lithuanian Christian College
November 3, 2015

The book offers a good range of additional resources, detailed information on ethical dimensions and very well organised information on types of case studies, selection of subjects, possible choices and justifications of these choices. It is packed with useful example, diagrams and mind maps. It is a valuable resource for undergraduate educational students.

Dr Nicoleta Gaciu
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
November 3, 2015

A useful addition to the library - good to see some specific attention paid to the case study approach. It is clear and accessible for Foundation Degree students too - much of other available info has been at Master's level.

Ms carole Ann Smith
Education Department, Solihull College
October 29, 2015

A very clear and concise text, perfect for undergraduates working in early years as much of their research is case study-based

Mr Mark Wilkins
Care and Early Years, Weston College
October 29, 2015

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Chapter 1

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