A descriptive, quantitative case study design
allowed for holistic and conceptual examination of the online education environment.
Qualitative case study design
was used to construct individual portraits and a cross-case analysis of four teachers in multiage classrooms serving students in grades 3 through 5.
The case study design
was chosen to facilitate the investigation of this contemporary issue within its real-life context (Robson, 1993).
In other words, a theory about what is being studied--and about whether a single case is a "critical" exemplar of that theory or about why some multiple cases might be expected to be replications and others might not--is essential to case study design
These will be explored through the following research methods and modes of analysis: case study design
, dramatism, narrative interviews, and thematic analysis.