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Robert Stake was director of the Center for Instructional Research and Curriculum Evaluation at the University of Illinois from 1975 to 2016. He arrived in 1963 to be Assistant Director of the Illinois Statewide Testing Program. Since 1965, he gradually moved to specialize in qualitative research methods, particularly case study, and the evaluation of educational programs. Stake authored Quieting Reform and five books on research methods, and co-authored with Merel Visse: a Paradigm of Care. He received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Uppsala, Valladolid, and Bucharest. He is a career teacher of quantitative and qualitative methods for educational research, particularly case study and program evaluation, and now specializes in humanistic ethics.