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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 Study87
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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