Chapter 10: Case studies

Test your understanding of each chapter by taking the quiz below. Click anywhere on the question to reveal the answer. Good luck!

1. What is a ‘case study’?

  1. An in-depth investigation of an individual, group, situation or event
  2. A study aiming at improving practice over time
  3. An experimental design in laboratory conditions
  4. An in-depth analysis of data

Ans: A

2.  When might it be appropriate to carry out a case study as a researcher?

  1. When you don’t want a lot of depth/detail
  2. When you want to make generalizations to the wider population
  3. When you want to study a child, group or situation in a lot of detail
  4. When you want to continue the research for your MA

Ans: C

3. What methods might be employed in a case study?

  1. Interviews
  2. Narrative observations
  3. Questionnaires
  4. Any of these and potentially others

Ans: D

4. Who from the following list famously carried out case study research on his own child?

  1. Sigmund Freud
  2. Charles Darwin
  3. Claude Levi Strauss
  4. Harry Harlow

Ans: B

5. Look at the following potential studies and consider which indicates that a case study might be appropriate

  1. When you want to find out the effect of maternal alcohol use on infants
  2. When you want to find out the effect of parental education on children’s achievement
  3. When you want to find out how a nursery organizes its outdoor provision
  4. When you want to find out whether there is a correlation between summer-born children and later achievement

Ans: C