The Case Study Method in Social Inquiry

Part of the Evaluation in Education and Human Services book series (EEHS, volume 6)


It is widely believed that case studies are useful in the study of human affairs because they are down-to-earth and attention-holding but that they are not a suitable basis for generalization. In this paper, I claim that case studies will often be the preferred method of research because they may be epistemologically in harmony with the reader’s experience and thus to that person a natural basis for generalization.


Educational Research Tacit Knowledge Social Inquiry Naturalistic Generalization Propositional Knowledge 
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