Generalizing from case studies

IB Psychology: Generalizing from case studies

The view that one cannot generalize on the basis of a single case is a common misunderstanding seen on examinations. It is often used as an evaluative strategy. For example, “HM was a case study. One limitation is that case studies cannot be generalized.” This is actually not true.More discoveries have arisen from intense observation [of individual cases] than from statistics applied to large groups.


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