Essay on Case Studies as a Strategy of Inquiry
NRI 7360 QUALITATIVE FIELD METHODS
STRATEGY OF INQUIRY – CASE STUDY Alex Zachariah
UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA NATURAL RESOURCE INSTITUTE Qualitative research provides an in-depth understanding of the experiences, perspectives and histories of people within the context of their own setting or circumstances (Spencer et al, 2003). Qualitative research is an arena to explore and understand individuals or communities, social situation, event or role. It is a process by which the researcher investigates and understands a …show more content…
Particularistic: Case studies focus on a particular case, event or a phenomenon hence it is particularistic. This property of specificity makes it an important tool in investigating any particular problem. It enables the researcher to concentrate on particular community or individuals taking a holistic approach to the whole situation.
Descriptive: Many anthropologists consider the end product of the case study is a “Thick Description” of the phenomenon under research. In anthropology, “Thick Description” is a complete literal description of the incident or phenomenon under inquiry. Case studies are holistic, lifelike and exploratory and unlike quantitative researches, they report data in prose rather than numerically.
Heuristic: Case study enables the readers to discover new meaning to the particular phenomenon being investigated. In case study, the questions and the research objectives sometimes emerges as the research progresses as the researcher unravels previously unknown underlying relationships and variables in the society.
Inductive: The heuristic nature of case studies makes it rely on inductive reasoning. Concepts and hypothesis emerges from the data