The Next Step Case Study

Synthesising Case Study Research: Ready for the Next Step?

Environmental Education Research, Vol. 18, No. 6, 2012: 751 - 764. Doi:10.1080/13504622.2012.665849

25 PagesPosted: 22 Mar 2012Last revised: 23 May 2013

Date Written: March 19, 2012

Abstract

Within the emerging field of research on education for sustainability (EfS), case studies are an important if not the predominant research approach, although often criticised for its lack of internal and external validity and a tendency to draw conclusions with insufficient rigour. While, basic concerns have been expressed and discussed in an early issue of this journal, main assumption still hold true after more than 10 years of research in the field. Only a few approaches so far have tackled the challenge to provide cross-case comparison and the synthesis of case-study results still remains a research desideratum. In this paper, we argue that developments in the field of qualitative and quantitative meta-analysis in educational science offer a framework, which can be used to overcome that shortcoming. After describing the idea of research synthesis, different types of such a meta-analysis are identified and their potential is discussed for existing case studies in higher EfS. This paper concludes with recommendations for further case-study research in the field.

Keywords: case study, higher education for sustainable development, research methodology, research synthesis, meta-analysis

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Barth, Matthias and Thomas, Ian, Synthesising Case Study Research: Ready for the Next Step? (March 19, 2012). Environmental Education Research, Vol. 18, No. 6, 2012: 751 - 764. Doi:10.1080/13504622.2012.665849. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2026314

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Review: The Next Step in Case Studies

Reviewed Works: The Inter-University Case Program: Cases in Public Administration and Policy Formation. No. 24. The Army Flies the Mails by Paul Tillett; The Inter-University Case Program: Cases in Public Administration and Policy Formation. No. 25. The Battle of Blue Earth County by Paul N. Ylvisaker; The Inter-University Case Program: Cases in Public Administration and Policy Formation. The Battle of Harrison County by Gary Brazier; The Inter-University Case Program: Cases in Public Administration and Policy Formation. No. 26. Defending "The Hill" against Metal Houses by William K. Muir, Jr.; The Inter-University Case Program: Cases in Public Administration and Policy Formation. No. 27. The Closing of Newark Airport by Paul Tillett, Myron Weiner; The Inter-University Case Program: Cases in Public Administration and Policy Formation. No. 28. The Impounding of Funds by the Bureau of the Budget by J. D. Williams; The Inter-University Case Program: Cases in Public Administration and Policy Formation. No. 29. The Michigan Athletic Awards Rule by Glendon A. Schubert, Jr., Helenan Sonnenburg, George Kantrowitz; The Inter-University Case Program: Cases in Public Administration and Policy Formation. No. 30. The Public Advisory Board and the Tariff Study by David S. Brown; The Inter-University Case Program: Cases in Public Administration and Policy Formation. No. 31. The Transfer of the Kansas State Civil Service Department by Peter Bart, Milton Cummings, Jr.; The Inter-University Case Program: Cases in Public Administration and Policy Formation. No. 32. The Reorganization of the California State Personnel Board by Frederick C. Mosher; The Inter-University Case Program: Cases in Public Administration and Policy Formation. No. 33. The Coterminous Boundaries Dispute by Edwin A. Read; The Inter-University Case Program: Cases in Public Administration and Policy Formation. No. 34. From Forest to Front Page by Roscoe C. Martin; The Inter-University Case Program: Cases in Public Administration and Policy Formation. No. 35. The General Accounting Office: Two Glimpses by Gerald G. Schulsinger; The Inter-University Case Program: Cases in Public Administration and Policy Formation. No. 36. Appointed by the Mayor by William N. Kinnard, Jr.; The Inter-University Case Program: Cases in Public Administration and Policy Formation. No. 37. The Flagstaff Federal Sustained Yield Unit by Paul W. Bedard, Paul N. Ylvisaker; The Inter-University Case Program: Cases in Public Administration and Policy Formation. No. 38. The New Bedford Manpower Incident by Kathryn Smul Arnow

Review by: Herbert Kaufman

Public Administration Review

Vol. 18, No. 1 (Winter, 1958), pp. 52-59

Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Society for Public Administration

DOI: 10.2307/973735

Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/973735

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