Case Study Method: Key Issues, Key Texts by Roger Gomm, Martyn Hammersley, Peter Foster

By Roger Gomm, Martyn Hammersley, Peter Foster

This is often the main accomplished consultant to the present makes use of and value of case research tools in social study. The editors collect key contributions from the sphere which replicate assorted interpretations of the aim and potential of case examine learn. The deal with matters resembling: the matter of generalizing from examine of a small variety of instances; and the function of case learn in constructing and trying out theories. The editors provide in-depth tests of the most arguments. An annotated bibliography of the literature facing case examine study makes this an exhaustive and necessary advisor.

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18), is simply this: All consistent axiomatic formulations of number theory include undecidable propositions. ). ). This concept is an extremely difficult one to comprehend; it flies in the face of traditional positivist (and some post-positivist) postures so violently as to demand rejection. But perhaps a metaphoric explanation developed by Hofstadter will contribute to our appreciation of the full The Only Generalization 35 Figure 2. 1 Metaphoric representation of Godel's theorem: No consistent formulation can include all propositions UN REACHABLE TRUTHS significance of this important theorem.

The nomothetic-idiographic problem continues to haunt particu­ larly the social/behavioural sciences and the helping professions. Consider the dilemma of the therapist trying to deal with an individ­ ual's problem within the context of psychiatric generalizations. Or the teacher attempting to get children to learn in a particular class by using only general pedagogical principles. Or the warden seeking to control the prisoners in a particular penitentiary on the basis of general 34 Case Study Method correctional theories.

But so do all other persons look for 22 Case Study Method regularity and system in their experience. Predictable covariation is to be found in all phenomena. In 1620 Francis Bacon said: There are and can be only two ways of searching and discovering truth. The one flies from the senses and particulars to the most general axioms . . this is now the fashion. The other derives axioms from the senses and particulars, rising by a gradual and unbroken ascent, so that it arrives at the most gen­ eral axioms last of all.

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