Scientific Knowledge

Scientific Knowledge - (or relationship between things(Johnson and Reynolds 2005 p 33 Theory • Inductive – Observation to theory • Deductive

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1/28/2011 1 Scientific Knowledge 1.28.2011 Characteristics of Scientific Knowledge Empirical Based on systematic, objective observation Nonnormative Transmissible Clear, honest, replicable General Applies to more than one case Explanatory Not just descriptive Roles of Theory “organize, systematize, and coordinate existing knowledge in a field” and To explain or predict an empirical generalization
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Unformatted text preview: (or relationship between things) (Johnson and Reynolds 2005, p. 33) Theory • Inductive – Observation to theory • Deductive – Theory to observation Sources of Theory • Previous literature – Complementary theories – Competing theories • Your contribution – Weighing previous theories, evidence, and your own intuition...
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