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Unformatted text preview: Topic 15 : Comparative Case Studies Types of Single Case Studies 1) Atheoretical Case Study ♦ A descriptive study of a single case ♦ Facts either allowed to speak for themselves or interpreted intuitively ♦ Motivated by interest in case itself ♦ Plausibility/credibility of study rest on intensive study & reputation of researcher ♦ In a theoretical vacuum (no theories are used to interpret; yet often an implicit understanding that lie behind the study) ♦ Useful for: revealing a puzzle/paradox to serve as basis for later empirical research provide a lot of information about the case helpful for research design of other studies 2) Interpretive case studies ♦ make use of established generalizations to help interpret that particular case ♦ typically motivated by interest in case rather that interest in formulating general theory ♦ can't confirm or disconfirm a theory because you can't rule out plausible alternatives explanations ♦ can't generate a theory ♦ though it can raise question about a theory 3) Heuristic case studies ♦ designed to generate new hypotheses that can subsequently be tested with a larger number of cases ♦ problem: intensive study can lead to the creation of too many hypotheses 4) Plausibility Probes ♦ designed to provide a preliminary assessment of the plausibility of a theory (see if enough support for theory to justify investing many resources on bigger testing) ♦ the case must be selected very carefully so that findings from that particular case will be fairly compelling 5) Deviant case studies ♦ studies of cases that are known to deviate from an established generalization 1 ♦...
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- Fall '10
- single case studies