Case study research

Robert Stake, Merel Visse

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The case study approach allows for a holistic understanding of a thing within real-life contexts from the perspective of those involved. The case is a bounded system, a special something to be studied, an entity such as a child, a teacher, a classroom or a program. Case study is a method of inquiry, or a collection of methods, used to dispel and to expand the wonder of understanding the individual case. The case study approach possesses the ability to grasp the intricacies of the case, and are suited to research that asks “how” and “why” questions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Education
Subtitle of host publicationFourth Edition
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780128186299
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Action research
  • Biography
  • Case study
  • Collective case study
  • Ethnography
  • Generalization
  • Instrumental cases
  • Interpretive research
  • Intrinsic cases
  • Issues
  • Narrative method
  • Personalization
  • Phenomenology
  • Qualitative inquiry
  • Story-telling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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