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Multiple Case Study Analysis


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Table of Contents

1. Single Cases
1.1. Situation and Experience
1.2. A Technical View of a Case
1.3. The Quintain
1.4. The Case-Quintain Dilemma
1.5. The Research Questions
1.6. The Particular and the General
1.7. The Contexts
1.8. Making the Individual Case Report
2. The Multicase Study
2.1. Staffing
2.2. Selecting Cases
2.3. Activity in Its Situation
2.4. Data Gathering across Cases
2.5. Triangulation within Cases
3. Cross-Case Analysis
3.1. Rationale
3.2. Reading the Collection
3.3. Cross-Case Procedure
3.4. Expected Utility of Cases and Ordinariness of Situations
3.5. The Grounds for Assertions
3.6. Cross-Case Assertions
3.7. Triangulation across Cases
4. The Report
4.1. Planning the Multicase Report
4.2. Comparing Cases
4.3. Advocacy
4.4. Generalization
5. The Step by Step Case Study Project
5.1. The Open Society Institute and the International Step by Step Association
5.2. The Step by Step Approach
5.3. Previous Step by Step evaluations
5.4. Aims of the Step by Step Multicase Project
5.5. Developing Case Topics
5.6. Action Research
5.7. Themes for Cross-Case Analysis
5.8. The Teams and the Steering Group
5.9. Training the Case Researchers
Three Step by Step Case Studies
6. The Ukraine Case Study
7. The Slovakia Case Study
8. The Romania Case Study
9. Step by Step Cross-Case Analysis: First Steps

About the Author

Robert E. Stake, PhD, University of Illinois (Emeritus)


'Stake offers a very detailed, honest, and perceptive account of the methodology of cross-case analysis, and the dilemmas of generating both the 'case' and the 'generalization.' ' - Research Professor Ian Stronach, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK 'Researchers in education and social science have worried for decades over how to study multiple cases of the same phenomena and come up with viable conclusions. Robert Stake's careful analysis lays out the problems, the pitfalls, and the dangers of such an enterprise, and provides masterful, amply illustrated, easily understood, and reproducible solutions. All of us who study multiple sites will be grateful for this enormous gift, which analyzes and teaches simultaneously.' - Howard S. Becker, PhD, author of Writing for Social Scientists and Tricks of the Trade

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