- First misunderstanding: General, theoretical knowledge is more valuable than concrete case knowledge.
- Second misunderstanding: One cannot generalize on the basis of an individual case; therefore, the case study cannot contribute to scientific development.
- Third misunderstanding: The case study is most useful for generating hypotheses; that is, in the first stage of a total research process, while other methods are more suitable for hypotheses testing and theory building.
- Fourth misunderstanding: The case study contains a bias toward verification, that is, a tendency to confirm the researcher’s preconceived notions.
- Fifth misunderstanding: It is often difficult to summarize and develop general propositions and theories on the basis of specific case studies.
If you are contemplating research that might benefit from a case study approach, then I recommend this book most strongly. Further details by clicking on the link:
The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research