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advantages and drawbacks of using the case study method

What are the advantages and drawbacks of using the case study method? Do you think that the advantages to using this method are greater than the drawbacks? Why or why not?

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A case study is the in-depth investigation of one participant. This differs from both qualitative (under 30 participants) and quantitative (over 30 participants) research methodologies. They are an accepted form of research since they provide valuable data that would otherwise not be feasible to collect.


- Used when a person has a unique (rare) situation that needs to be investigated fully in-depth. For example, a homeless person who managed to turn their life around and and become a millionaire. This is such a unique situation, and few other people would have experienced the same situation. Thus, there is not enough participants for a qualitative or quantitative study. Case study would fit well.

- It allows for the collection of extremely rich, detailed data. In a qualitative study, you can collected some rich data from participants, but there are ...

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Various pros and cons associated with the case study method are acknowledged.