The case study as a type of qualitative research
Adrijana Biba Starman

Summary:  This article presents the case study as a type of qualitative research. Its aim is to give a detailed description of a case study – its definition, some classifications, and several advantages and disadvantages – in order to provide a better understanding of this widely used type of qualitative approach. In comparison to other types of qualitative research, case studies have been little understood both from a methodological point of view, where disagreements exist about whether case studies should be considered a research method or a research type, and from a content point of view, where there are ambiguities regarding what should be considered a case or research subject. A great emphasis is placed on the disadvantages of case studies, where we try to refute some of the criticisms concerning case studies, particularly in comparison to quantitative research approaches.

Journal of Contemporary Educational Studies is
published with support of Slovenian Research Agency.