How to Write a Case Study Essay
Enlightening, intriguing, and difficult – case studies are all of these things, and more. Applicable to nearly any academic area, case studies often leave students staring blankly at their computer screen, wondering: “how do I get started? I don’t even know what a case study essay is really about!” Case studies are, truly, not so elaborate. Instead of copying a very broad topic, you’re goal in a case study essay is to analyze, in detail, a “case” – a specific person, event, story, lawsuit, country, etc. Astoundingly, there are a few simple steps towards completing such an essay with ease. These include:
- Identifying the purpose of the case study. Why are you studying this specific case? Is it to help solve a problem? Understand an issue in more depth? Case studies will often add to the research in a particular field, so make sure you know the reason for yours. Most case studies are guided by research questions such as: what intrinsic factors help produce a profitable business? Or, what teaching methods contribute more positively to a child’s learning? Identify your purpose and questions, and you’ll have a much easier time with the case study.
- At the same time, the location of your “case” must be determined. For example, if you’re addressing a question on teaching methods, your “case” location will likely be a school. The data-gathering methods, as a result, will likely involve examining the student’s academic performances before and after the implemented teaching instruction.
- This is the time to develop connections between your case and the question, as well as existing research. (for example: research shows that children who participate in activity-based learning will learn faster, and my case study proves this…) Remember to give background information about your case study before launching in to your findings.
- However, avoid providing absolute solutions – you want to keep it open-ended, but still propose your theoretical solution.
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