Delegates from all participating GOETE partners involved in the qualitative case studies came together the 3rd and 4th of December 2010 in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) to discuss the current development and urgent issues regarding sampling and methodology of the qualitative case studies.
After the presentation of all cases selected so far in the respective countries, the team had a more general discussion on “what is a case” to determine a multi-level analysis framework. This included both a discussion on the boundaries of cases but also how and where to find them. These issues were crucial for other decisions regarding sampling (of students, parents, teachers, principals and experts) and methodology (of possible observations, student interviews, documentaries/videos and transcription guidelines) in the next steps. Besides, a further main focus of the meeting was to develop guidelines for interviews and focus group discussions also in view of the later comparative analysis process.