Case Study Research Methods (Real World Research) by Bill Gillham

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00 Interval: 5 minutes Observation I 2 3 No. e. 4-I-t-f I I I There are several steps in getting up to this point: 1. Unstructured observation. This maybe when the need for structured, focused observation became apparent. You get a 'feel' of how it might be possible to observe in a more structured way. 2. Specifying what is to be observed. This is something you need to get precisely clear in your own mind. In the case of 'socially isolated' children how exactly would you define that? Distance from other children?

Inferential: techniques which allow you to draw inferences - the extent of correlations, the significance of differences between groups, the significance of changes following an intervention, and so on. Both may have a place in a case study. Records may provide the basic data for these kinds of analyses. One of the most useful is annual (or monthly or whatever) statistics showing rates and possibly trends over time. These kinds of data are often well-kept for legal/ 80 administrative reasons.

For some, high expectations of motherhood had mostly been fulfilled: 'I loved being pregnant. I thought it was brilliant ... had this feeling of being worthy of something and I just felt ... radiant all the time. And I was looking forward to having the baby . ' But not so for others: 'I didn't realise it would feel like it did . I was so tired . I wasn't prepared . ' ' ... it always seemed easy when it was somebody else's and you could give it back . ' From L. Burghes and M. Brown, Single Lone Motkers: Problems, Prospects and Policies (1995), p.

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