Case Study in Contemporary Educational Research: Conceptualization and Critique



As one of important research methods, case study research has been used for many years across a variety of disciplines. This paper tries to review the principles and processes of case study. First, I would like to define case study according to its principles. Second, attentions will be put to the features and classification of the research of case study. Third, I intend to explain the process of case studies and case study methods. Fourth, I would review the strengths and weaknesses of case study research. Last, I shall summarize and critique a case study of language learning.
Key words: Case Study; Research Methods; Educational Research

Résumé: Comme l'une des méthodes de recherche importante, la recherche d’études de cas a été utilisée pendant de nombreuses années à travers une variété de disciplines. Le présent article tente d'examiner les principes et les processus d’études de cas. D'abord, je tiens à définir la notaion d’études de cas selon ses principes. Deuxièmement, les attentions seront mises aux caractéristiques et à la classification de la recherche d’études de cas. Troisièmement, j'ai l'intention d'expliquer le processus et des méthodes d’études de cas. Quatrièmement, je voudrais passer en revue les forces et les faiblesses de la recherche d’études de cas. Enfin, je vais faire un résumé et des critiques d’une étude de cas sur l'apprentissage des langues.
Mots-clés : études de cas; méthodes de recherche; recherche pédagogique

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