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Glossary - case study

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A form of primary study, which is an investigation of some phenomenon in a real-life setting. Case studies are typically used for explanatory, exploratory and descriptive purposes. The main two forms are single-case studies which may be appropriate when studying a representative case or a special case, but will be less trustworthy than multiple-case forms, where replication is employed to see how far different cases predict the same outcomes. (Note that the term case study is sometimes used in other disciplines to mean a narrative describing an example of interest.) Case study research is covered in detail in the book (Yin 2003) and more concisely in (Oates 2006).

This entry was last updated on 5 August 2008