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The how and whys of case study researches

Detailed, in-depth analysis always leads towards the development of diverse ideas!

Whenever one wants to investigate about any sort of contemporary phenomena in the real life situation and there is no certainty about the limitations between the phenomenon and the context, then there is an in-depth study needed about the topic. The in-depth studies can be done for different complex problems which require deep study. This research also widens up the know-how of the learner about the topic and can also add up to the existing knowledge base. The researcher, always has to do a detailed contextual analysis of various minute events and also be able to recognize the relationships amid them. The in-depth analysis is always practical for the social scientists because they can inspect diverse real-life circumstances and also offer the foundations through which the ideas could be extended further.

How different cases could be selected in different research context? 

There might be several situations or cases through which the researcher comes across. However, not all of them prove to be the richest resource for facts. It is always more useful to gather the subjects for in-depth analysis which can give some sort of unusual information. If the researcher is choosing the case because of its representativeness, then there are less chances that deep insights would be produced. Whenever there is a case study conducted, the correct procedure to be used for this purpose is the information oriented one which is quite different from traditional approaches used.

How the results of in-depth analysis can be used?   

The in-depth analysis is of particular interest to the researcher because it can lead to different results rather than just some established facts.

The researcher could use it to develop novel theories.

In tutoring students by using the problem based methods.

In different field researches, such as ethnography.

In the teaching process itself.

How the researcher is limited when an in-depth analysis is conducted?

The mere mortals consider in-depth analysis is actually done in small cases so there is no reliability and generalization associated with the findings. Some critics also consider that because the researcher is focused on a single case from every angle so there is no reason that a bias is not created in the findings. Some people think that in-depth analysis is just a tool rather than a method, but because it is carefully planned and always the results are given on the basis of well-developed situations which pertain to the real life, there is no doubt that it carries the authenticity and validity with it.