Theoretical Frameworks

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Theoretical Frameworks

  1. 1. EDUC 354: APPLIED INQUIRY II UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC Delores E. McNair, Ed.D.
  2. 2. Theoretical Framework2
  3. 3. Learning Objectives By the end of the session, students will be able to:  Identify the purpose of a theoretical framework  Distinguish between a theoretical perspective, theoretical framework, and conceptual framework  Identify additional resources to explore this topic 3
  4. 4. Vocabulary* - Qualitative Research  Epistemology  Ontology  Theoretical Perspective  Theoretical Framework  Conceptual Framework  Feminist Theory  Critical Theory/Critical Race Theory  Queer Theory  Worldviews  Multiple Truths  Participants  Trustworthiness  Postmodern  Postpositivist *Some, not all 4
  5. 5. Briefly …  Worldview  Epistemology  Assumptions about the acquisition of knowledge  Ontology  Assumptions about the nature of reality  Methodology/Method  Not used consistently in research  In this class  Methodology (guides the research design)  Method (research design) 5
  6. 6. Some Theoretical Perspectives 6  Critical Theory/Critical Race Theory  Queer Theory  Feminist Theory  Postmodernism  Intersectionality
  7. 7. Conceptual Framework 7 Authors pull from multiple theories or ideas to illuminate the concepts that frame the study
  8. 8. Theoretical Framework 8  Anchors the study  Frames the research questions,data collection (interview questions, for example), and data analysis  Concepts, suppositions, and ideas from a theory that guide your thinking  Examples:  Baxter Magolda: self-authorship  Satir: personal change  Chickering & Reisser: student development  Bandura: self-efficacy
  9. 9. An example 9 The purpose of the study is to explore the ways first-generation graduate student develop and demonstrate self-efficacy. Theoretical framework: Bandura’s self- efficacy; the study might also use resiliency theory Theoretical perspective: Varies with the researcher, but could be post-modern, critical theory, critical race theory, feminist theory, etc. (or even a combination of perspectives)
  10. 10. Resources 10  Handbook of Qualitative Research – Denzin & Lincoln  Landscape of Qualitative Research – Denzin & Lincoln  Narrative Inquiry – Lincoln & Guba  Negotiating the Complexities of Qualitative Research – Jones, Torres, & Arminio
  11. 11. Resources 11  Black Feminist Thought – P. Hill Collins  Critical race theory – D. Solórzano  Handouts on Sakai  Alicia Chávez (article on Sakai)

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