Case studies are used in education, planning, and training. They offer an opportunity to put your research experience to use, often including the parts where things didn’t go as expected. These parts don’t usually make it into a dissertation or thesis, let alone a more formal publication such as a journal article or book. However, they may be of great use to students, colleagues, and learners.
This chapter outlines the different kinds of case studies and explains how to approach each one. We consider where and how case studies may be commissioned and published. We discuss the different levels of learning opportunities you can build into a case, and make suggestions for where you might find material from among your identified assets to develop into a case study. Our PIPs serve to illustrate our main points, and the chapter ends with practical exercises to help you take your work further.