Chapter 2: Innovative Qualitative Multiple Case Study Methodology
From the Book: The Refractive Thinker®: Vol. II: Research Methodology, Second Edition


As doctoral learners prepare to write their dissertations, they will encounter that the standard research methodologies may not be suitable for their proposed study. One size fits some, but not all. The researcher will have to adopt best practices from qualitative and quantitative designs. The chosen research methodology will result in an innovative combination of several standardized methodologies such as: research design, qualitative design, multiple case study design, appropriateness of design, research questions, population, sampling frame, data collection, primary data, secondary data, research tools, instrumentation, validity & reliability, and data analysis.

The innovative qualitative multiple case study methodology was chosen for the 2007 Salas-Amaro study and will be used to exemplify how a study of default prevention and management practices at Florida’s 28 community colleges was conducted. Dr. Salas-Amaro will include the problem in the study and then the elements included in the multiple case study research. Dr. Salas-Amaro’s contribution is to demonstrate to doctoral learners that crafting unique and unusual methodologies are possible. The ultimate goal of this writing is to motivate and inspire doctoral learners to pursue leadership initiatives in their dissertations and innovative research endeavors.