Advanced Qualitative Design and Measurement

Week 1: Case Study: How would I use perceptual accounts to understand problems, events,
or activities?
As you may quickly come to realize, the case study is perhaps the most recognizable qualitative
strategy for providing a person-centered, contextual-bounded analysis of an event or real-life situation.
The case study method emerged from the field of sociology; but educators—as well as business
practitioners, public administrators, and those in the fields of psychology and behavioral health—also
use case studies to analyze phenomena, events, and contexts. Today, the single case study and the
multiple case study are some of the most widely used and versatile qualitative methods.
Case studies are abundant throughout education literature. Subsequently, researchers may use case
studies to capture the beliefs, perceptions, and reflections of teachers, administrators, and students
regarding a variety of topics. Use this week to explore the basic tenets of case study methodology and
see if a case study may help you address your research topic.
Review the resources listed in the Books and Resources area below to prepare for this week’s
All resources for this week:
Creswell, J. W. (2013). Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five approaches.
Read pages 97-107 (an introduction to case study differentiating between the different case study
designs), and Appendix F (a case study example)
As you read through the material this week, try to think of ways in which case study can be used in
your context. Think about how you would use case study to tackle a problem that you may encounter.
Hodge, W. A., & Osborne-Lampkin, L. (2014, September). When leadership and policy making collide:
The Valley View Middle School experience.
This article provides a greater example of how case study can be used to inform practice within a
middle school setting.
Strohl, A., Schmertzing, L., & Schmertzing, R. (2014). Elementary teachers’ experiences and
perceptions of departmentalized instruction: A case study.
This article explores teachers’ perceptions and experiences within the elementary context. Could
something like this occur/be used within your school?
Landman, T. (Academic). (2017). An introduction to case studies [Video file].
This video (18:18) offers some key concepts, techniques, and approaches to case study. How might you
employ this methodology in your school? What questions could it address?
Other helpful resources
Q. How do I locate case studies in the Library?
Assignment Title
Analyze Case Study Design
Assignment Points
Assignment Instructions
There are two articles to read for this week’s assignment: Hodge & Osborne-Lampkin, 2014; and Strohl,
Schmertzing, & Schmertzing, 2014. Each article offers an example of a case study. Analyzing these
examples will demonstrate your understanding of case study design.
For each article, address the following by creating a presentation (PowerPoint/Prezi) that you would use
to present to a classmate. Use the bulleted list below to serve as a guide. Be sure you are able to:
● Identify the problem/issue addressed in the study, along with the purpose of the study.
● Summarize the guiding research questions.
● Explain the role the researcher(s) assumed in the study.
● Determine how the researchers applied the principles of the case study design to address their
research problem. Explain how it was an appropriate qualitative design to effectively address their
research problem of interest.
● Define the boundaries of the case (single or multiple case) and the unit of analysis.
● Identify the data collection strategies used by the researcher(s).
● Were the constructs of saturation or triangulation apparent? Explain how.
● Examine any ethical issues that emerged in the research.
● Explain the challenges/limitations of the study.
● Provide an overall assessment of the study, and indicate whether the approach was effective.
● Recommend additions and/or modifications for consideration.
Support your assignment with examples from the articles. In addition to these specified resources,
other appropriate scholarly resources, including older articles, may be included.
Your assignment should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in
the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should
reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s
Academic Integrity Policy.
Upload your document and click the Submit to Dropbox button.
Course Learning Outcomes associated with this assignment:
1.0. Discriminate the strengths, challenges, and limitations of the qualitative research designs used in
educational research.
2.0. Analyze the rationale and methodological conventions of qualitative data collection techniques used
in educational research.
3.0. Analyze the rationale and methodological conventions of qualitative data analysis techniques used
in educational research.
4.0. Evaluate qualitative educational research designs with attention to alignment, feasibility,
trustworthiness, and quality.
5.0. Synthesize strategies for developing and aligning a qualitative research study design to address an
educational problem.

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