The majority of students, even if they are excellent at learning, know science well and their specialty, they still would like to get away with it and get “excellent” for fictitious work. They hope only on luck. Whether we like it or not, but the educational process in any university one way or another requires students to conduct their own scientific case study. We are talking about coursework and, of course, graduation qualification work of different levels..
Nevertheless, if we abandon the chances of luck, even the most talented student will get confused when writing the first case study. He enters the warpath with tons of data, previously proven theories, studied questions and, as a rule, does not know where to start and how to get down to work. This manual can become a kind of instruction for the application of knowledge and skills, correct search of sources and correct interpretation of the received materials. Those who have been engaged in research work for a long time can find in the manual practical advice on the presentation of their research and its design.
Highlighting the main aspects of the training manual, we should mention that this manual focuses on the conceptual elements of the study, its conduct and presentation, structure and design. It touches every aspect of the creation of the study at the stages of its thinking, incarnation, design and presentation.
One of the key points of the manual is the choice of the topic, so it starts with the launch of a complex research mechanism: the choice of a topic is a very complex and responsible stage of the work, on which almost everything depends. A professional researcher never determines it based only on materials and sources that are available.
A few practical tips for the work: first, it is never worth choosing a topic, because its relevant to others, or because it is unknown and mysterious. It is important that the topic be interesting to the researcher himself. A decisive role is played by one’s own interest in combination with the scientific novelty of the material. Ideally, the studied subject should be curious and not fully understood. If the question is indifferent to you – conducting research and writing work will turn into a torment, if the question is completely clear – you will be simply bored and, most importantly, you will hardly be able to get the original result.
In addition, if we are talking about a case study, it is necessary to take a responsible approach to the choice of a supervisor, because the course of the research largely depends on him. However, it is impossible to use only the skills and knowledge of a supervisor. Young researcher should always remember: the supervisor is not a generator of thoughts, which the student can then give out as his own.
It should be noted that any case study implies specificity. Without a serious evidence base, you will never be able to convince the scientific community of the relevance and significance of the research. At the beginning of the work, while formulating the topic, the author should immediately go from the subject to the problematics (the concrete aspect). The problem becomes obvious when this aspect of the topic contains a conflict.
Of course, you cannot proceed to research if the object and the subject are not clear. Some mistakenly believe that object and subject will be clarified in the course of the research. Initially, there should be a clear vision of the object and the subject around which your entire case study will be built.