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The Case Study Method in Social Inquiry1

The Case Study Method in Social Inquiry1 ROBERT E. STAKE University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign It is widely believed that case studies amended through personal experience. The human studies are thus founded on this relation between lived experi­ are useful in the study of human affairs I believe that it is reasonable to con­ ence, expression, and' understand­ because they are down-to-earth and clude that one of the more effective ing. Here for the first time we reach a attention-holding but that they are not a means of adding to understanding for quite clear criterion by which the de­ suitable basis for generalization. In this all readers will be by approximating limitation of the human studies can paper, I claim that case studies will through the words and illustrations of be definitively carried out. A study often be the preferred method of re­ our reports, the natural experience ac­ belongs to the human studies only if search because they may be epistemo- quired in ordinary personal involve­ its object becomes accessible to us logically in harmony with the reader's ment. through the attitude which is founded experience and thus to that person a At the turn of the century, German on the relation between life, expres­ natural http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Educational Researcher SAGE

The Case Study Method in Social Inquiry1

Educational Researcher , Volume 7 (2): 4 – Feb 1, 1978

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0013-189X
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1935-102X
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10.3102/0013189X007002005
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Abstract

ROBERT E. STAKE University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign It is widely believed that case studies amended through personal experience. The human studies are thus founded on this relation between lived experi­ are useful in the study of human affairs I believe that it is reasonable to con­ ence, expression, and' understand­ because they are down-to-earth and clude that one of the more effective ing. Here for the first time we reach a attention-holding but that they are not a means of adding to understanding for quite clear criterion by which the de­ suitable basis for generalization. In this all readers will be by approximating limitation of the human studies can paper, I claim that case studies will through the words and illustrations of be definitively carried out. A study often be the preferred method of re­ our reports, the natural experience ac­ belongs to the human studies only if search because they may be epistemo- quired in ordinary personal involve­ its object becomes accessible to us logically in harmony with the reader's ment. through the attitude which is founded experience and thus to that person a At the turn of the century, German on the relation between life, expres­ natural

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Published: Feb 1, 1978

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