- MemberNovember 1, 2021 at 1:32 pm
Based on Merriam Webster Dictionary, the full definition of theory is “a plausible or scientifically acceptable general principle or body of principles offered to explain phenomena”.
In research, Theory’s role is to construct abstract relationship describing ideas, condition or concept that helps us to understand the subject or topic.
It involves generating hypothesis, predicting and testing. Theory will guide the researcher in doing his study of the subject/topic in terms of constructing research questions, data collection methodology and analyzing data. It also helps to projects potential explanations of causes influencing such outcome.
Theory can be used by applying on a new context of the subject, testing alternate condition for the theory, or adding new perspective to the theory applied on the subject.