The ‘Russian doll’ approach : developing nested case-studies to support international comparative research in education

Chong, Pei Wen & Graham, Linda J. (2013) The ‘Russian doll’ approach : developing nested case-studies to support international comparative research in education. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 36(1), pp. 23-32.

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International comparison is complicated by the use of different terms, classification methods, policy frameworks and system structures, not to mention different languages and terminology. Multi-case studies can assist in the understanding of the influence wielded by cultural, social, economic, historical and political forces upon educational decisions, policy construction and changes over time. But case studies alone are not enough. In this paper, we argue for an ecological or scaled approach that travels through macro, meso and micro levels to build nested case-studies to allow for more comprehensive analysis of the external and internal factors that shape policy-making and education systems. Such an approach allows for deeper understanding of the relationship between globalizing trends and policy developments.

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ID Code: 57618
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: comparative methodology, nested case-study research, inclusive education, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/1743727X.2012.675555
ISSN: 1743-727x
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis.
Copyright Statement: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in International Journal of Research & Method in Education [Volume 36, Issue 1, (2013)] [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at:
Deposited On: 25 Feb 2013 05:00
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2014 05:35

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