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Theoretical Concepts: The Building Blocks of Theory
Theoretical concepts: The building blocks of theory

Concepts are the building blocks of theories—the things being studied, compared, and related to one another. A concept is an abstraction that describes a portion of reality. It is a general name for specific instances of the phenomenon described. For example, the concept education (a generalization) describes the aggregate of people's specific learning experiences. The concept mass media use (a generalization) describes the aggregate of individuals' specific reading, viewing, and listening behaviors with the mass media.

Constructs, Concepts, and Variables

The terms construct and concept are sometimes used interchangeably, with one scholar referring to a term as a concept, and another as a construct. Differences in the use of the terms construct and concept ...

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