National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy Technical Report
TR 73. Children Out of Bounds: The Power of Case Studies in Expanding Visions of Literacy Developmen
By Anne Haas Dyson
Summary: In this paper, Dyson argues for the value of case studies in contributing to a developing understanding of how children learn to write. Drawing on fifteen years of case study research, Dyson reviews the cases of three of her focal students, Rachel, Jake, and Tina, and uses them to illustrate the varied ways each case pushes the boundaries of theoretical understandings. She concludes that case studies provide contextual complexities and a depth of detail unavailable through other research methodologies, but cautions against prescribing simplistic teaching "methods" based solely upon case study findings. June 1995; 34 pages.
TR 73. Children Out of Bounds: The Power of Case Studies in Expanding Visions of Literacy Development