Theories & Theoretical Frameworks*
Theories are formulated to explain, predict, and understand phenomena
- the conceptual basis for understanding, analyzing, and designing ways to investigate relationships within social systems.
- The theoretical framework is the structure that can hold or support a theory of a research study.
- The theoretical framework introduces and describes the theory that explains why the research problem under study exists.
* Abend, Gabriel. "The Meaning of Theory." Sociological Theory 26 (June 2008): 173–199; Swanson, Richard A. Theory Building in Applied Disciplines. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2013.