Participant Selection and Access in Case Study Research

  • Zhongyan WanEmail author


Case study research requires researchers to purposefully select information-rich cases, as they will allow researchers an in-depth understanding of relevant and critical issues under investigation (Patton in Qualitative evaluation and research methods. Sage, Newbury Park, 1990, Qual Soc Work 1(3):261–283, 2002). To gain such insights, purposive sampling is generally believed to contribute to the richness in the range of data collected and help increase the possibilities of uncovering multiple realities (Guba and Lincoln in Handb Qual Res 2(163–194):105, 1994). However, dealing with research participants in the case study approach also poses great challenges for novice researchers, as humans can be a difficult factor to control among the variables in research.


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  1. 1.Foreign Language DepartmentChina Pharmaceutical UniversityNanjingChina

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