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The Case Study Methodology
A review of the methodology for a proposed research paper on how resource officers in suburban middle schools identify their duties.
# 149037 | 818 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 20, 2011 in Research Designs (General)


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Description:

The paper outlines the methodology for a study that aims to understand how resource officers in suburban middle schools identify their duties and also aims to gather their recommendations on ways to make the learning environment in suburban middle schools safer. The paper explains the benefits of using the case study methodology, and specifically, the multi-site case study methodology.

From the Paper:

"The ability of using multiple sources of evidence is often cited as one of the key strengths of the case study methodology. This strength of the case study methodology "allows one to 'triangulate' the data, or arrive at converging sources of information" (Stake, 1999, p. 219) According to Tellis (1997), "the need for triangulation arises from the ethical need to confirm the validity of the processes." Moreover, according to Yin (as cited in Tellis, 1997), the case study methodology can be able to satisfy "the three tenets of the qualitative method: describing, understanding, and explaining".
"Stake (1999, p. 8) said that "the real business of case study is particularization, not generalization." A particular case is fully examined and understood for what it is and how it operates. Its uniqueness is emphasized. However, the case study methodology does not delve into how a case is similar or different from other cases. Understanding the case itself is the primary emphasis of the case study methodology. In this light, the research studies using the case study methodology is not sampling research as a case is studied primarily to understand the one case and not to understand other cases (Stake, 1999).
"The six sources of evidence in case studies, which have been identified by Stake and Yin (as cited in Tellis, 1997), are documents, archival records, interviews, direct observation, participant-observation, and physical artifacts."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Green, J., Camilli, G., Elmore, P., Skukauskaite, A., American Educational Research Association, & Grace, E. (2006). Handbook of Complementary Methods in Education Research. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Heck, R. H. (2004). Studying Educational and Social Policy: Theoretical Concepts and Research Methods. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Stake, R. E. (1999). The Art of Case Study Research. Thousand Oaks: Sage
  • Tellis, W. (1997, July). Introduction to case study [68 paragraphs]. The Qualitative Report [On-line serial], 3(2). Retrieved June 16, 2009, from http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR3-2/tellis1.html
  • Tellis. W. (1997, September). Application of a case study methodology [81 paragraphs]. The Qualitative Report [On-line serial], 3(3). Retrieved June 16, 2009, from http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR3-3/tellis2.html

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