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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc (18 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080395767X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803957671
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Professor Stake received his B.A. in Mathematics with a minor in naval science and Spanish from the University of Nebraska in 1950. He graduated with an M.A. in educational psychology in 1954 from this university. In 1958, he received his Ph.D. in psychology from Princeton University. From 1955 to 1958, he was a Psychometric Fellow at the Educational Testing Service. Then, an Associate Professor and Faculty Research Coordinator of the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. In 1963, he arrived at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he assisted Thomas Hastings, Lee Cronbach, and Jack Easley in the creation of the new evaluation center, CIRCE, and in developing a program of research on program evaluation. He also became the Associate Director of the Statewide High School Testing Program. In 1975, he became director of CIRCE. He has been active in the program evaluation profession and has promoted an approach to evaluation methods called "responsive evaluation." He took up a qualitative perspective, particularly case study methods, in order to represent the personal experience and complexity of evaluation study. He received the Lazerfeld Award from the American Evaluation Association and an honorary doctorate from the University of Uppsala.


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The book gives a good, plain explaination of the complex ideas behind educational research. Clear English is used and the author makes a point of clarifying the arguments given by others. Where some writers delight in using distant LOTPH. Mr Stake does not. Very good for any one doing Educational Research, the OU E835 or Phd level.
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HASH(0x99b169cc) out of 5 stars Great for those working on a dissertation 10 May 1999
By kdbprinc@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a practial book on completing a case study this is it! The chapters are organized in such a way that the process is laid out and easily understood. The book is reader friendly and doesn't spend much time in the technical aspect of case study. It allows the reader to understand and then sit down and get to work. I've read several books dealing with case study and this one I found most useful. It is written during the authors time of teaching a course. The benefit of the book for the reader is that you most likely don't have time to take a course specifically on case study and can read the book in place of taking the course!I am much further ahead in the completion of my own dissertation case study since I've read the book. I recommend it to anyone moving in this direction and believe that you will find it understandable, useful, and key in your successful completion of a case study. Wow - what a find!
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99aa5d74) out of 5 stars Decent Articulation of Case Study Methodology 4 Dec. 2010
By CeeJay - Published on Amazon.com
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This text is a decent overview of one approach to case study research. Be warned that it is a very "naturalistic" approach to case study research, as the inclusion of "art" in the title should indicate. The text offers some good guidance on how to conduct case study research, but it is a little thin on methodology, and a little heavy on intuition and justification for the use of intuition in conducting research.

Robert Stake's article in the The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research is far more informative about how to conduct case study research from a qualitative perspective, though it is obviously much shorter. Stake's advancement of a typology of case study research ("iterative", "instrumental", and "collective") is useful, as is his insistence on the value of case study research from a qualitative perspective.

For the actual conduct of case study research, the researcher should be familiar with both Robert Stake and Robert Yin, best articulated in Case Study Research: Design and Methods (Applied Social Research Methods). Yin is a more post-positivist case study researcher, and as such offers a more step by step approach to conducting case study research.

The The Art Of Case Study Research is an adequate introduction to Robert Stake's approach to case study research, and is a well-respected and seminal text in the field. Case study researchers should at least be familiar with Robert Stake and this text.
21 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a478588) out of 5 stars Not for the graduate student/professional 7 Jan. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Availability of books on case study methodology remains limited. Case study as a method of research - used particularly among social scientists - is still developing as a reputable approach. This book was appropriate for lower division, undergraduate students - but woefully inadequate for the upper division or graduate student and/or practitioner.
Related to the content, this book failed to provide a comprehensive listing of research appropriate for case study methods - especially over other methods. Qualitative methods were adequately covered, but appropriate uses of available quantitative data often found within case studies were not addressed. The book covered triangulation principles but did not regonize other uses of data in case study research - in particluar the essential role of documentation of protocol to ensure replicability of methods by other researchers. The discussion about sources of data was incomplete and failed to illustrate the relative strengths and weaknesses of each and potential remedies to reduce weaknesses. The author only provided a few common modes of analysis without covering other legitimate means. Throughout the book, the author provided little reference to prior research done on the subject under discussion for a researcher to explore further nor was there any particluar recognition of the contribution of other theorists to the field.
Related to the style, this book used a lot of reference symbols throughout that were distracting to the reader without adding any particular benefit. All of the examples used were from the education field making it difficult for the reader to draw parallels to other fields and maintain interest. The book did not use adequate illustration or presentation of information in tables and formats usually successfully presented in simlar materials. The information was presented in a "lecture" and "exercise" teaching style that is to simple for a learned student or professional.
I gained no "new" knowledge from reading this book and it was a frustrating waste of my time, money and effort. Your mileage may vary!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e2930c) out of 5 stars And I would imagine that if you are buying this book you are not doing so out of fun. Good luck in your future courses and posit 30 April 2016
By T.C. - Published on Amazon.com
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I only ordered this book because I was told I have to have it. Most of the time I find the books to be cheaper on Amazon than with the school or their book stores. Make sure you shop before using the schools to obtain the materials you need to complete your courses. This is a college book that I had to order to fulfill my class work. The book provided the information I needed to complete the entire task assigned by the facilitator. To most people there will be nothing special about this book. And I would imagine that if you are buying this book you are not doing so out of fun. Good luck in your future courses and positions. May all your classes bring you much knowledge.
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HASH(0x99e1d0d8) out of 5 stars This is another "must read" for the academic qualitative researcher. 15 Nov. 2013
By Jarvis Said - Published on Amazon.com
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Two of the biggest problems encountered by Qualitative Researchers are, gaining access to interviewees and, conducting the interviews themselves especially, in Case Study designs. This book provides additional insights that will assist with both of these problems. It also discusses the major tasks of analyzing and, interpreting the data gathered from interviews conducted. Additionally, there are recommendations about increasing the rigor of a study by Triangulation. Data triangulation is a major tool in qualitative research so, in our opinion, the more understanding of the practice a researcher has, the better.
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