A case study is an in-depth study of a particular group or 'case'. It is often longitudinal—studied over a long period of time. A range of qualitative methods such as interviews and participant observation can be used in a case study.


  • In-depth qualitative study is likely to be high in validity
  • People can 'speak for themselves'
  • Sometimes a small-scale case study is used as a pilot study


  • Practical issues such as research fundings and time
  • Sometimes difficult to generalise the results to a larger population

Examples of Research

Just Like a Girl - Sue Sharpe

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