September 8 Thinking About Theory and Research

September 8 Thinking About Theory and Research - a. Grand...

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September 8 – September 15, 2010 Chapter 3: Thinking About Theory and Research Onion new network: theonion.com 1. Communication: process by which we create and share meaning using symbols. a. Process b. Transactional c. Symbolic (uses signs) 2. Theory: abstract tools that help us understand an infinitely complex universe . a. All theories are abstractions. i. Hypothesis: guess. WHY ITS HAPPEN ii. Theory: understanding of universe based on evidence. WHAT WILL HAPPEN iii. Law: determinism (agency) vs. agency. Laws aren’t made in social sciences because humans have free will. 3. Deduction (deductive approach) 4. Induction (inductive or grounded approach)
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Unformatted text preview: a. Grand theories b. Mid-range theories c. Narrow theories (micro theories) 5. Text: anything humans create to convey meaning. 6. Polysemic/polysemy: something that can have multiple meaning based on how its interpreted. a. How things get interpreted depend on the bigger picture. 7. Three approaches a. Positivisitic: b. Interpretive: c. Critical: 8. Each approach involves certain assumptions: a. Otonology: nature of being and reality. b. Epistemology: nature of knowledge. c. Anxiology: nature of values. Fact: all knowledge. Fiction: falls fact/fiction....
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This note was uploaded on 09/22/2011 for the course BTMM 1011 taught by Professor Barryvacker during the Spring '10 term at Temple.

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