PACE TULSA AGS FOUNDATION: Home of SAFE SPACES WEB IS SEEKING CASE STUDY SUBMISSIONS. BY TERENCE MORRIS, Author and Founder, PACE TULSA AGS FOUNDATION. 09/05/2018. 2:06 P.M.
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WHAT IS A CASE STUDY?
Types of Case Studies
Under the more generalized category of case study exist several subdivisions, each of which is custom selected for use depending upon the goals and/or objectives of the investigator. These types of case study include the following:
Illustrative Case Studies
These are primarily descriptive studies. They typically utilize one or two instances of an event to show what a situation is like. Illustrative case studies serve primarily to make the unfamiliar familiar and to give readers a common language about the topic in question.
Exploratory (or pilot) Case Studies
These are condensed case studies performed before implementing a large scale investigation. Their basic function is to help identify questions and select types of measurement prior to the main investigation. The primary pitfall of this type of study is that initial findings may seem convincing enough to be released prematurely as conclusions.
Cumulative Case Studies
These serve to aggregate information from several sites collected at different times. The idea behind these studies is the collection of past studies will allow for greater generalization without additional cost or time being expended on new, possibly repetitive studies.
Critical Instance Case Studies
These examine one or more sites for either the purpose of examining a situation of unique interest with little to no interest in generalizability, or to call into question or challenge a highly generalized or universal assertion. This method is useful for answering cause and effect questions.
CASE STUDY GUIDELINES
Authors are asked to submit a two-page abstract that briefly describes the scope of the case study and the pedagogical purpose of the case to
PACE TULSA AGS FOUNDATION: SAFE SPACES WEB, will notify authors as soon as possible whether the proposed case is appropriate to our online resource needs.
Once the proposal is accepted, authors are requested to read and follow the following guidelines. These are guidelines, not rules. Authors should adjust material, as necessary, to suit the case at hand.
COMPONENTS — A good case study will:
- Tell a clear, compelling story of an event, negotiations, or situation that illuminates the conduct of diplomacy. It need not be U.S.-centric and may focus on the dynamics among a range of conventional practitioners and non-state actors, as well as the impact of other outside forces.
- Be coherently organized and engaging, and provide sufficient historical context, examination of players and interests, formal and informal dynamics, options and limitations on actions, outcomes and ramifications.
- Emphasize the practitioner perspective within a conceptual framework.
- Promote student discussion of options, decision-making and problem-solving skills, including exploration of alternative courses of action and resultant outcomes, even within the context of a concluded event.
- Be concise, given the compressed time frame of most courses. A good target length is 7,000-10,000 words, plus footnotes. Cases may also be broken down into multiple parts that reflect major break points in the action or the passage of time and reemergence of the issue.
ELEMENTS to include in the case study:
- A compelling introduction.
- A brief background section to introduce the topic, issues and interests, historical context and previous efforts at mediation or resolution.
- A narrative, with subsections as needed, to detail the context, key data, decision-makers and key players, and policy choices and constraints.
- A conclusion that explains decisions made and ramifications of that outcome.
- Footnotes at the bottom of each page, including links to online sources. We prefer Chicago Manual of Style format.
- Appendices, chronologies, tables, charts, suggested outside reading, and other supplemental material, as necessary.
- Maps of the area/areas being discussed.
TEACHING NOTES (in addition to the case study) will:
- State a clear pedagogical purpose and utility for the case, spelling out the topics or theoretical issues to be explored.
- Provide additional analysis and background that would help the instructor understand and teach the case.
- Suggest additional readings and related sources, including other case studies.
- Relate the narrative to theory and describe its practical applications.
- Suggest open-ended questions or role-playing exercises for classroom use.
- Explain how the case has been used in course(s), if applicable.
- List the courses for which the case is intended, including relevant geographic and thematic keywords.
- Safe Spaces Web staff is available to assist and advise on teaching notes.
SUBMISSION and PUBLICATION
In addition to the case study narrative, teaching notes, and supplemental materials, please provide a one-paragraph abstract of the case for the master list of summaries on the Safe Spaces Web website. This abstract should succinctly describe the case’s contents and its pedagogical purpose.
Please email the case study materials to: Terence.Morris1@tulsacc.edu as a Word document or other format that allows edits and revisions. All submissions will be acknowledged upon receipt. They remain the intellectual property of the author until accepted for publication.
Cases are matched with an academic reviewer whose areas of expertise are similar to those the case addresses. After that review, the author will be informed if the case has been accepted for publication and, if so, Safe Spaces Web will advise on necessary revision for style, format and content.
Once published, arrangement will be made for payment of previously agreed upon honorarium. The Institute will hold the copyright to the case study in perpetuity.
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