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Using and Evaluating Theory
Using and evaluating theory

Theory building is an ongoing process. It doesn't come to an end. A theory may reach the point where it is useful and can be applied to solving problems. But it is still subject to revision as further testing takes place.

Perhaps we should think of theories as moving through stages—young, middle-aged, and mature. The mature theories are the ones that have been around awhile, that are more extensive in the development of concepts and hypotheses, that have been most extensively tested, and that are possibly being applied to solve the problems from which they originated.

This chapter begins with a discussion of the weaknesses of atheoretical research and a reiteration of a basic theme of the book, the importance ...

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