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Unformatted text preview: theories give us balance Suggest ways for interpreting or making sense of research findings Enable us to connect a single study to the broader base of knowledge Characteristics of a good theory Produces consistent logical conclusions Is not tautological Is an advance over other theories Is falsifiable Two logical systems Inductive Logic (from the particular to the general) Observe aspects of social life Discover patterns that point to universal principles (empirical generalizations) Construct a theory to explain observed patterns (grounded theory) Deductive Theory (from the general to the particular) Use preconceived theories to derive logically consistent expectation (hypotheses) about a particular case Comparer expected and observed patterns...
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course COMM 300 taught by Professor Yanovitsky during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.
- Spring '08