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On the Case Approaches to Language and Literacy Research Language and Literacy Series

On the Case Approaches to Language and Literacy Research Language and Literacy Series

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In this chapter we have addressed practical aspects of get-

ting on the case, and we initially had the company of “an old

man,” who told us of the importance of getting to know one

thing well, and of Madlenka, our now-familiar young city

dweller. Together their literary worlds offered entry points to

concrete issues of

Getting on the Case

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• identifying our case in the context of a background or

problem in our field;

• formulating research questions that are revisable; and

• designing a study—loosely, but not too loosely—in

terms of particular times, spaces, and participants.

Those issues were embedded in and illustrated by our own
studies of young children in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten,
and primary grade settings. In addition, we addressed less
concrete issues of researchers’ roles and identities and how
these influence the lenses we look through as we continue on
the case.

Note

1. We thank Dr. Valerie Bang-Jensen, Saint Michaels College, Burl-

ington, Vermont, for introducing us to this book and the parallel between

Baylor and Parnall’s story and the processes of qualitative research.

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