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Troubling theory in case study research

Hammersley, Martyn (2012). Troubling theory in case study research. Higher Education Research and Development, 31(3) pp. 393–405.

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The article begins by examining the variety of meanings that can be given to the word ‘theory’, the different attitudes that may be taken towards theories of these various types and some of the problems associated with them. The second half of the article focuses on one of these types, explanatory theory, and the question of what is required if case study research is to be effective in producing sound theories of this sort. A range of important distinctions is outlined and questions are raised about the possibility of, and need for, such theories.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 HERDSA
ISSN: 1469-8366
Keywords: case study; causation; higher education research; explanation; theory
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 36141
Depositing User: Martyn Hammersley
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2013 09:33
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2018 08:59
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