Planning and the Case Study Method in Africa: The Planner in by James Duminy, Jørgen Andreasen, Fred Lerise, N. Odendaal, V. PDF

By James Duminy, Jørgen Andreasen, Fred Lerise, N. Odendaal, V. Watson

This e-book addresses the relevance of the case learn learn technique for reinforcing city making plans examine and schooling in Africa and the worldwide South. It presents an advent to the case learn method and contours examples of its software to making plans learn and schooling at the continent.

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Barnes, L. , C. R. Christensen and A. J. Hansen (1994) Teaching and the Case Method: Text, Cases and Readings, 3rd edn (Boston: Harvard Business School Press). 16 Planning and the Case Study Method in Africa Bayat, A. ’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 31(3), 579–590. Comaroff, J. and J. L. Comaroff (2011) Theory from the South: Or, How Euro-America is Evolving Toward Africa (Boulder, CO: Paradigm). Connell, R. (2007) Southern Theory: The Global Dynamics of Knowledge in Social Science (Sydney: Allen & Unwin Australia; Cambridge: Polity Press).

However, we would suggest that the case investigator should be biased towards answering ‘how’ questions. If they start by asking why something has occurred, they are forced to engage immediately with all the intractable philosophical and methodological issues relating to causality. But when they start by asking how, they allow the question of why to enter the research process in a less overt way. By pursuing the ‘how’ question, the researcher may discover data to be used in answering the question of ‘why’.

101–113). For planning research, specific potential data sources include plans, policies, reports, maps, photos, meetings, official documents, surveys, media articles, recorded and unrecorded informants, and the physical environment or landscape. Low-key participant observation is often a good way to start fieldwork in urban settings, with more structured observations used only once the research issues are held in clear focus (Gillham 2000). In-depth interviews are a particularly important source of information in case research and the extensive use of direct quotations from case actors is often a hallmark of a good case study.

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