Definition of case study in English:

case study


  • 1A process or record of research into the development of a particular person, group, or situation over a period of time.

    ‘the case study was undertaken over a period of two months through a series of visits to the school’
    as modifier ‘case-study interviews’
    • ‘The second point I would like to emphasize is that ethnography and the case-study approach should not be thought of as an alternative to science and quantification.’
    • ‘The arguments in these two books are theory-based, subtle, and supported by extensive case-study evidence.’
    • ‘Within an extended case-study research design framework, information is based on interviews with manufacturing firms and related organizations in British Columbia.’
    • ‘This outcome is of special interest because it concerns situations that are very different indeed from the usual case-study material found in the literature, which is generally focused on developed Western economies.’
    • ‘Drawing on strengths specific to a replicated case-study design, the most salient issues related to each couple's progress, or lack of thereof, were examined.’
    • ‘However, in recent decades the implicit analysis this approach provides has been greatly strengthened by the more explicit case-study method.’
    • ‘The case-study methodology can be adapted to the observation of large samples of dyslexics.’
    • ‘Just like the introduction, the case-study chapters are grounded in original research and reflect the latest work in their respective fields.’
    • ‘In the present case-study report, we have demonstrated how induced sputum can assist in the evaluation and diagnosis of suspected occupational lung diseases.’
    • ‘Such case-study research uses a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies.’
    • ‘The intent of this case-study overview, therefore, is to illustrate how basic risk assessment methods can be applied to capital project analysis.’
    • ‘This case-study method has been used extensively in the postwar period, especially for dissertation research given the limited means at the disposal of young scholars.’
    • ‘The case-study method is effective for the teaching of formal and compositional skills, but it hinders the development of critical analysis and interpretive value.’
    • ‘The two major problems faced by the literature on invention geography have been to choose a measure of invention and to analyze that measure in a manner that is more universal than a case-study format.’
    • ‘The case-study approach is particularly suited for contemporary phenomena, when focusing on the perspective of the actors involved.’
    • ‘Each chapter presents a national overview of the theme under discussion, together with case-study evidence drawn from the Tyneside area.’
    • ‘Much of the data in the appendices doesn't fit the case-study paradigm but is essential to further study of variables that tend to affect military-assistance programs.’
    • ‘The case-study creators begin by identifying how market conditions have changed during the past six months.’
    • ‘Through this project, they will learn how to teach with a case-study approach to building evaluation, and together they will form a critical mass of change agents at their home institutions.’
    • ‘Although the larger study is ethnography, I analyzed the data from home observations and interviews with family members through a case-study approach.’
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  • 2A particular instance of something used or analysed in order to illustrate a thesis or principle.

    ‘airline deregulation provides a case study of the effects of the internal market’
    • ‘Carey's victimisation provides a case study of how the discipline unit operates.’
    • ‘This level of detail prevents the play from resembling a case study, and provides more than a few dramatic twists.’
    • ‘The movement provides a very real case study of the corruption of public discourse in favour of a religious power play.’
    • ‘This provides a good case study of the work the Commission does on evaluating the costs and benefits flowing from it decisions.’
    • ‘Conceptually, the case-study firms are situated at a critical cusp between a regional production system with its division of labor and an international supply chain.’
    • ‘The history of Western civilization provides a good case study of this progression.’
    • ‘There are no guarantees or hard and fast rules, although Canada provides an interesting case study.’
    • ‘The case study also illustrates the level of distrust and fear felt by some users of message boards.’
    • ‘For those contemplating a legislative grand gesture, France provides a sobering case study.’
    • ‘And the Netherlands provides a good case study of managing the geographical resources in the area.’
    • ‘His example provides both a cautionary tale and a case study for how brands can be destroyed in the new media era.’
    • ‘Australian racing is a case-study showing why ‘monopoly’ is despised by its customers and the wider community in every country in every industry.’
    • ‘Johnson's analyses are based on a case study of a single institution that has unique attributes.’
    • ‘Looking at six case-study schools, Piper and her colleagues conducted interviews with teachers, parents and children on the rights and wrongs of touch.’
    • ‘Residents of the case-study communities have devised slightly different livelihood strategies to address the declining viability of agriculture.’
    • ‘Argentina's plight provides an invaluable case study on the dangers of adhering to untenable policies.’
    • ‘Moving down to the case-study region, the third section sets the context by describing population and environmental trends experienced in the region during the twentieth century.’
    • ‘His words provide a case study of what can happen when you devote your life to a cause you believe in.’


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