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EDUC8012 Case Study

Module Overview

Case Study focuses on the characteristics of case study research and provides an overview of various types of case study and their fitness for purpose for a range of study areas and educational research questions.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• understand the defining characteristics of case study research and have an overview of various types of case study • critically assess the fitness of purpose of case study for a range of study areas and educational research questions • analyse a range of educational case study examples • articulate arguments for applying aspects of case study to your own research contexts


• The characteristics of case study research with a particular reference to educational case study • The different ways in which case studies are conceptualised and conducted, including class, school and local authority case studies, background and status of case study as an approach and what it has to offer. • Range of types of case study including exploratory, confirmatory, descriptive, explanatory, evaluative, ethnographic, intrinsic and instrumental. • Particular challenges associated with case study including generalising from case studies and the self in case study.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A series of interactive lectures with students feeding into the sessions from directed reading and work to apply and evaluate case study for their own contexts.

Independent Study150
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Hitchcock, G. & Hughes, D. (1995). Research and the Teacher: A Qualitative Introduction to Schoolbased research. 

Simons, H. (1996). The paradox of case study. Cambridge Journal of Education ,. ,26 , pp. 225-40.

Simons, H. (2009). Case Study Research in Practice. 

Stenhouse, L. (1980). The study of samples and the study of cases. British Educational Research Journal. ,6 , pp. pg. 1 - 6.

Thomas, G. (2010). How to do Your Case Study. 

Bassey, M. (1999). Case Study Research in Educational Settings. 

Yin, R.K. (2009). Case Study Research: Design and Methods. 

Stake, R. E. (1995). The Art of Case Study Research. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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