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Case studies feature prominently in the educational research literature, but what precisely is a case? It is an in-depth, multifaceted examination of something, where the something can be a person, a group, a class or a school, an organization, a community, or even a process (an instructional episode, an election, a policy being formulated). Sometimes, the issue or phenomenon or problem that is the focus or theme of the case is known before the research work begins, but it is also quite common for the precise nature of the study to emerge during actual work on-site.

A case study can be narrowly focused, or it may cast its net widely and include as part of its examination the complex interactions between many facets of the setting ...

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