The language of qualitative research can be confusing. The words sound like regular English, but they have very particular meanings. To make the language even more complicated, the definitions can vary across different qualitative methodological scholars.
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For the purpose of this course, distinctions between two important concepts should be considered:
1.Theoretical framework: the use of constructs and propositions a recognized theory (or theories) to a research problem, purpose, and question.
Examples: Social Influence theory, transformational leadership theory, game theory
2.Conceptual framework: the construction of ideas, assumptions, and beliefs sourced in both the literature and ones own experience, which identify the main concepts that guide the formulation of the research problem, purpose, and question.
Examples: Concepts from positive psychology, mindfulness meditation, language development models
To prepare for this Discussion:
Review the Learning Resources related to the use of a theoretical or conceptual framework to guide the examination of a research problem in qualitative research.
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