Goals of theory

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10/01/2008 19:23:00 Goals of theory Description Explanation Prediction Control: prevent What’s is a theory? Explanation or representation of a phenomenon; model mapping it out o Set of constructs, definitions, propositions o Based on systematic observation o To represent, explain, predict a phenomenon Theory vs. Hypothesis Theory: broad, general explanation or representation of a phen. o Applies to a variety of situations Hypoth: guided by theory Tests specific variables in specific situation Two ways of construct theory A. Induction:  o 1. Make observations o 2. Generalize for observ’s o 3. Create theory B. Deduction: o 1. Examine the existing theory o 2. Derive testable hypotheses o 3. Make observations the Big Picture
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six levels of comm. Include: o intra: cognitive, meaning, oneself, decisions o inter: intimacy, control of relationships, verb./non-verb.
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