For the purpose of this course, distinctions between two important concepts should be considered:

Theoretical framework: the use of constructs and propositions a recognized theory (or theories) to a research problem, purpose, and question. 

Examples: Social Influence theory, transformational leadership theory, game theory

Conceptual framework: the construction of ideas, assumptions, and beliefs sourced in both the literature and one’s own experience, which identify the main concepts that guide the formulation of the research problem, purpose, and question.

Examples: Concepts from positive psychology, mindfulness meditation, language development models

To prepare for this Discussion:

Review the Learning Resources related to the use of a theoretical or conceptual framework to guide the examination of a research problem in qualitative research.

Post an explanation of the role of a theoretical or conceptual framework in qualitative research and provide examples from the resources you read. Use proper APA format and citations to support your post.

Ravitch, S. M., & Carl, N. M. (2016). Qualitative research: Bridging the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Chapter 2, “Using Conceptual Frameworks in Research” (pp. 33–63)
Chapter 3, “Critical Qualitative Research Design” (pp. 65–110) (focus on pp. 85–89)
Rubin, H. J., & Rubin, I. S. (2012). Qualitative interviewing: The art of hearing data (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Chapter 1, “Listening, Hearing, and Sharing” (pp. 1–11)
Chapter 2, “Research Philosophy and Qualitative Interviews” (pp. 13–24)
Conroy, N. E. (2013). Rethinking adolescent peer sexual harassment: Contributions of feminist theory. Journal of School Violence, 12(4), 340–356. 
Cleaver, D., & Ballantyne, J. (2014). Teachers’ views of   constructivist theory: A qualitative study illuminating relationships   between epistemological understanding and music teaching practice.   International Journal of Music Education, 32(2), 228-241.
Stahl, B., Doherty, N., Shaw, M., & Janicke, H. (2014). Critical theory as an approach to the ethics of information security. Science & Engineering Ethics, 20(3), 675–699.
Grant, C., & Osanloo, A. (2014). Understanding, selecting, and integrating a theoretical framework in dissertation research: Creating the blueprint for your “house.” Administrative Issues Journal: Connecting Education, Practice, and Research, 4(2), 12–26.

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