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Theory is a model or framework used for observation and understanding, which shapes both what we see and how we see it. Theory allows us as a researcher to make links between the abstract and the concrete (the theoretical and the empirical through statements and also observational statements). Theory is a generalized statement that asserts a connection between two or more types of phenomena. A theory also explains and predicts the relationships between all the variables.
Theory guides research and organize all the ideas. All theory will become stronger as more supportive evidence is gathered and it will provide a context for predictions (both via qualitative or quantitative). Theory also has the capacity to generate new research. In other words, Theory provides the researcher with a definite view point a direction which goes a long way toward helping him enquire into relationships between certain variables selected from among an almost infinite array of variables.
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