Research serves as a guide by which to study, describe, and quantify an array of social and physical phenomenon. Theory, which is best described as a set of propositions or hypotheses that specify the relationship among a subset of variables, serves as a way of offering an intellectualized general commentary on that which is observed. Using material found in Chapter 3 of this week's required reading, describe how theory is applicable to a research study. Answer the questions:
- How does theory inform a research study?
- How can a generalized theory remain timely enough to be applicable to new or innovative studies?
Theory can be defined as a framework or a model for observation along with understanding that shapes not only what people see but also the way in which they see it. Theory plays a key part in a research study. According to Fawcett and Florence (2006), theory often allows researchers to make important links between several variables including abstract...
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