In today’s workshop the group explored the meaning and relevance of ‘theory’.
- are”ideas we can express as a symbol or in words“;
- vary according to their level of abstraction;
- vary as to scope, some being “very narrow and applying only to specific settings or … [being] restricted in time or place“;
- can be single but usually “form interconnected groups or concept clusters“;
We also talked at some length about how concepts can be assembled into theoretical frameworks (see figure below) that allow us to give meaning to and explain the ideas in a research study.
Source: Neuman, p.70
NEUMAN, W. L. 2006. Social research methods : qualitative and quantitative approaches, Boston, Mass. ; London, Pearson, Allyn and Bacon.