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Case Study Method

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A case study is an in-depth exploration from multiple perspectives of the richness and complexity of a particular social unit, system, or phenomenon. Its primary purpose is to generate understanding and insights in order to gain knowledge and inform professional practice, policy development, and community or social action. Case study research is typically extensive; it draws on multiple methods of data collection and involves multiple data sources. This method culminates in the production of a detailed description of a setting and its participants, accompanied by an analysis of the data for themes, patterns, and issues. A case study is therefore both a process of inquiry about the case at hand and the product of that inquiry. The case study method is employed across disciplines, including ...

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