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The Role of Theory in Research

The Role of Theory in Research
Mary Lou Rasmussen


Theory is a word that is evocative. It evokes confusion, frustration, trepidation, discomfort, shame, joy, disorientation, invention and derision. At times researchers will likely experience all of the above in regard to theory. Part of the joy of grappling with theory is this experience of confusion as one encounters new ideas, or attempts to create ideas that are new by bringing theory to a new problem, or different parts of existing theories together in order to look at a problem anew. Working with theory is invention, and this invention is not abstract. Theory is indispensible because it is intrinsic to the work of education.

Though the ...

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