The fol lowing chapter consists of two main sections: an argument suggesting a method of organizing research materials1 which, it is claimed, is appropriate for case study research in general, and then an attempt to exemplify the method, where I write as a practitionerresearcher engaging in the first stage of formulating a line of enquiry for a piece of self-evaluative action research, an enquiry which has, in fact, since the wri t ing of the chapter proceeded along the lines indicated in this section.