Discussion: Role of Theory in Research

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Discussion: Role of Theory in Research

Popular usage of the word “theory” may sometimes imply a singular, often grand idea. The world, however, is complex, and the systems designed to understand it, such as theory, are often intricate in order to sufficiently explain the world as it is. Indeed, as you will learn this week, theory is nuanced, and it can also be viewed as a combination of variables, ideas, or constructs to test or advance a research question. In addition, theory tends to play a different role in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research.

For this Discussion, you will consider the role of theory in research and the relationship between theory and philosophical orientations. You will also familiarize yourself with a theory in your field so that you may become more conversant in your discipline’s theoretical foundations.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post an explanation of the role of theory in research. Next, identify a theory in your discipline and explain its basic tenets. Then, with this theory in mind, consider your answer to the following question posed by Dr. Burkholder in last week’s reading: “What do I have to believe about the world and about human beings in order for me to accept or use this theory?” Finally, describe the extent to which the epistemological and ontological assumptions of your chosen theory align with the philosophical orientation that reflects your worldview.



Learning Objectives

Students will:
  • Explain role of theory in research
  • Use research databases and scholarly sources to identity a theory in your discipline
  • Explain basic tenets of a theory
  • Describe alignment between epistemological and ontological assumptions of a theory and philosophical orientations
  • Apply APA Style to writing

Resources:

http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/searchingfinding

de Vaus, D. A. (2001). Research design in social research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Research Design in Social Research by De Vaus, D.A. Copyright 2001 Sage Publications Ltd. Reprinted by permission of Sage Publications Ltd., via the Copyright Clearance Center.

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Tutorlamb
School: UC Berkeley

check the assignemnt

Running head: THEORY AND RESEARCH

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Theory and Research
Name
Institution

THEORY AND RESEARCH

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Theory and Research

Sometimes it is difficult to explain and have a clear understanding of the relationship that
exists between theory and research. It is important to have an understanding of the importance of
theory and research relationship in conducting any type research. With the absence of the
theoretical framework in which it grounds this research makes the interpretation a little bi...

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Thanks, good work

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