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Addressing the Tensions of Longitudinal Case Study Research Into One’s Own Practice: Exploring Student Teachers’ Conceptions of the Relationship Between Theory and Practice in Learning to Teach

By: Rupert Knight Published: 2017 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
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This case centers on a longitudinal case study carried out between 2011 and 2012 as part of an EdD qualification. The study sought to chart the journey of understanding of a group of student teachers in relation to their conceptions of the role of theory and practice in learning to become a teacher. Two distinctive features of the research methodology are the fact that I was researching elements of my own practice (as a teacher educator) and the longitudinal nature of the study. In this case, I focus primarily on issues of research design and methodological tensions judgments pertaining to these facets of the study. The case discusses the rationale for a longitudinal case study and the way that diverse data collection methods were combined ...

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