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The purpose of theories is to describe, predict, and understand experiences and trends and, then, to challenge or extend existing knowledge. The theoretical framework is the underpinning that can uphold the theory of a research study.

Think of the theoretical framework as a lens you look through when designing your study. For example, if you were doing a study on how children learn, you may choose to use a lens like the constructivist learning theory. Of course, this is just one example. You will need to think about your topic and further research what other theorists have said in relation to your topic. Choose the framework that best supports your own proposed area of study. This week we have provided you with a power point presentation that goes into specific detail regarding the importance of establishing a strong foundation for your own research.


To demonstrate the value of a new study or how a new study will contribute to practice or theory, previous research findings discussed within the literature review will need to be related with an existing theoretical framework. In this assignment, you will work on the identification of a theoretical framework utilized within previous literature as related to a possible research topic of interest.

Complete the following for this assignment:

  • From the three previously presented potential research topics, identify one research topic of most interest.
  • Using the three peer-reviewed research articles analyzed in assignment 2, as well as additional peer-reviewed research articles, identify a theory most informative to the topic of interest.
  • Discuss how the identified theory relates to the selected topic of interest.

Support your assignment with at least five scholarly resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including older articles, may be included.

Length: 2 pages, not including reference page. No title page needed. APA essay

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Theoretical Framework
Topic Choice
This study discusses how technology affects student’s learning in higher education. It
further narrows down to explore the role of online assessment and student-teacher interaction to
the students’ success.
Theory Selection
The paper examines the Theory of Situated Cognition and its applicability in the
technological trends in higher education: in the interaction of students and teachers and online
assessment as well as its impact on the overall student performance.
Situated Cognition Theory
The theory holds that it is impossible to separate the knowledge from the situation or the
context in which it's acquired. The term “situated” denotes that learning is connected to a specific
context: place, culture, social situation, and activity (Myers & Wilson, 2000). Situated cognition
theory emphasizes that learning occurs in a community of practice or learning community, where
the learners assume an active role in the same community. It is an interactive process, where the
learners interact with t...

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