Case studies

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  • Case studies
    • a detailed explanation of a case, example or individual
    • life histories- look at overall life of one individual or small group
      • strengths
        • rich qualitative data useful for interpretivists
        • gives historical dimension
        • mann studied educational life histories of 60 women
      • weaknesses
        • time consuming and labour intensive
        • usually small sample (unrepresentative)
    • strengths
      • can provide data on exceptional cases
      • can provide in depth qualitative data for interpretivists
      • useful for suggesting hypotheses for future research
      • eg/ willis' research in to counter school subculture
    • weaknesses
      • unrepresentative cant be generalised
      • may not be valid

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