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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2005

Types of Generalisation From a Single Case

Johansson, Rolf


Evaluations are case studies from which knowledge is trensferred to other cases by some form of generalisation. There are severeal types of generalisations. The aim of this paper is to discuss the different types of analytical generalisation. Besides the hypothetico-deductive model and inductive theory generation there are two further forms of analytic gereralisation, both based on abductive reasoning. One constructs or reconstructs a case from an unexpected observation by applying some kind of principle or theory. The other is based on comparisons with known cases, In the case study methodology literature this kind of generalisation is called naturalistic generalisation. This is simular the way in which practitioners confront problem situations by making references to their repertoire of cases. Through exerting an influence on the field of design through reflection on case studies, this last mode of generalisation has the potential to bridge the gap between research and practice

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Romanian Journal of Applied Psychology
2005, volume: 2004, number: 3-4, pages: 215-221
Publisher: Universitatea de vest din Timisoara

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Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development

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Economics and Business
Social Sciences

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