theory and research

theory and research - CH 3: THEORY & RESEARCH Theory...

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Theory – abstract system of concepts and their relationships that help us to understand a phenomenon Grand theories – attempt to explain all of a phenomenon Mid-range theories – attempts to explain a specified aspect Narrow theories – attempts to explain a very limited aspect Concepts – labels for the most important elements in a theory Nominal concepts – not directly observable Real concepts – directly observable Relationships – ways in which the concepts relate to one another Empirical Interpretive Critical Goal Explanation Interpretation Change Engagement of researcher Separate from research Involved in research Involved in research Application of findings Generalizable – be able to explain the behavior of many Illuminate – make sense of behavior Critique – analyze
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course COM 239 taught by Professor Juliesemlak during the Fall '11 term at Miami University.

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