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May 02, 2016 02:42 PM 1178 Views

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Research is the profound method of improvement in any field of application and the work of Bill Gillham'Case Study Research Methods' provides the necessary tips for careful observations and descriptions in research activities.


The author first of all details a very good example in the context of a character named Joginder about how she switches from acrylic paints to oil bars in painting practice and thereby concludes the navigation from participant to Detached approaches: descriptive to analytic; subjective to objective; emphasis on meaning to emphasis on observations; informal to formal; flexibility in information collection to structured data collection and interpretative analysis to quantitative analysis. It is concluded by the author that detached approach is more scientific and is observable and measurable. It claims that case study research makes use of available evidence which holds the key for research for sure.


It also clearly depicts the features of participant observation and structured observation.


Participant Observation: the salient features of it are: identify self who you are;


perform in a group with disclosure of individuals in the group and trust in them;


begin with descriptive observations.


The key points here are running description, things to be remembered later, ideas and provisional explanations, personal impression and things to check up.


Structured observation: It provides


clear specification of what is to be observed;


procedure of recording the observations.


These tips are quite valuable for a researcher for sure. I recommend every researcher to go through this fantastic work of this author and read it many times before the procedure is crystal clear and then proceed with the desired research work.


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