Authors: Molly Dunn
Addresses: School of Education, Notre Dame of Maryland University, 4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21210, USA
Abstract: Case study research has attained a routine status as a viable method for conducting educational research. However, it is complicated investigative work that has the potential to confuse novice researchers. In this paper, I focus on comparing the methodology of three noted qualitative researchers, all of whom have written 'how-to' books on the process. I draw on findings from Robert Stake, Sharan Merriam, and Robert Yin in order to show the accessibility, though somewhat contested and complicated, of case study design and dissemination. The analysis of these researchers' methods shows that while licensure and flexibility exist, certain aspects of case study design are absolutely necessary. This paper makes an argument for a more comprehensive take on case study methodology and concludes by suggesting a step-by-step field manual for the novice educational researcher moving forward.
Keywords: case study methods; qualitative research; educational case study; novice researcher.
International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies, 2019 Vol.10 No.2, pp.177 - 185
Received: 27 Jul 2018
Accepted: 05 Oct 2018
Published online: 31 Jul 2019 *