College of Education
Methods of intensive study of an individual program,
school, person or other entity, not primarily a study of phenomena,
relationships, values or comparisons.
In the past, this course has carried the title, Case Study Research Methods. In adopting a narrow definition of research to emphasize large-scale generalization, the Institutional Review Board has made this 490 course title potentially misleading. This is a course in particularization, not generalization, a set of inquiry methods leading to the understanding of a particular case. It remains a research methods course as widely defined but not as defined by IRB.
There are many case study methods, qualitative and
quantitative. This course focuses on naturalistic study of cases
within education and social service. Its topics include: field
study, ethnographic observation, interviewing, issues as structuring,
epistemology, validation, and experiential writing.
It is a
course more than a theory course. One major aim is to discover how
common-sense inquiry needs to be modified (not replaced) and
disciplined to provide
qualitative case studies. Reading assignments are to be adapted by the
students to suit one's own learning themes and pace. The researcher is
shown to be a visible part of the conceptualization and writing, but
his/her inclination to generalize is often seen to be
over-interpretation. Ties with literature research are not emphasized.
gets a mention but students need not have any interest in program
Our evaluation of student performance for 4 credit
registration is based on the sophistication shown in (1) producing one
case study, (2) completing the projects, and (3) participating in class
discussion. Studied acquaintance with the concepts (such as
mentioned above) is critical.
all who have registered for this course in over ten years, about
received a grade of A or A-. The drop rate has been about 15% and those
who have failed to complete the case report are another 15%. Only about
third have finished the case report by the end of the semester. So it's
lots-of-work and all too hurried. A
will not be held except for students feeling inadequate
opportunity earlier to
their achievement. Usual credit: 4 credits. Students may register for 2
and, if so choosing, do the remaining 2 credits of field work (Projects
F & H) by independent
Instructors: Bob Stake & Luisa Rosu
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Last updated: Oct 4, 2010