Stake Case Study Research Questions
Stake, R. (1995). The art of case study research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Chapter 2: Research Questions
- Issues can be used as conceptual structure. They "...force attention to complexity and contextuality (p. 16)." Issue questions can be primary research questions.
- "Issue statements will sometimes appear as cause and effect relationships (p. 18)."
Evolution of Issue Questions
- "In a qualitative research project, issues emerge, grow, and die. In quantitative research, as an issue becomes more refined or important, a parallel or subsequent study is started; the present one keeps its issues intact (p. 21)."
- "Each issue can appear to have a life of its own, drawing increasing attention as it becomes more complex and more intriguing (p. 24)."
- Topical Information Questions
Questions Calling for Coded Data
- We make the choice about "...how much to rely on coded data and how much to rely on interpretation directly from observation (p. 29)."
- "Good research questions are especially important for case studies because case and context are infinitely complex and the phenomena are fluid and elusive (p. 33)."