Warm Up 3.1: Understanding the Theoretical Framework PowerPoint
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: 2-3 pages, not including title or reference pages