Are these theories epistemologically compatible? What tensions are there between them? Has anyone else done this?
The examiner wants to know you are on top of the theory. That you know your stuff. That you have expertise. That you can speak with authority about it. Of course, the judicious juicy quote can be used for a few key points, those occasions where the theorist makes a point, just so.
They want to see that you have read the texts for yourself. They want to see you summarising, evaluating, managing a discussion, stating your take on the theory, explaining your use of it. You need to know how to explain it. Like Like.
Reblogged this on Parts That Make Me Whole and commented: Here is a blog post worth referring to, while sorting out theory matters. I needed that. Pat thank you once again for your insight. Again I find myself printing this blog off and using your guidance above almost as a check list whilst in the discovery phase of my theory. I am at the Literature Review stage and had a supervisory meeting whereby all we talked about was theory and themes. As always food for thought and development.. My gratitude and thanks Eileen. This piece is very resourceful; it hits the nail on the head on what is expected of a thesis on theoretical framework!
This is so useful! I am working on my first year transfer report and this post was so very helpful. Thank you Pat! Thank you for a simple yet detailed explanation of the theoretical framework.
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The examiner wants to know: How you understand your chosen theory — there are usually multiple ways that theories are interpreted. Which have you opted for and why? What are the advantages of the approach you have taken? That you know the ways in which the theory is already used in the field.
Who else has used this approach in ways similar to you? What can you build on from their work? How you have used the theory — how and where have you brought the theory into conversation with your research? Are some aspects of the theory more important than others to your research?
Which and why? What have you done about these potential problems? Like this: Like Loading This entry was posted in academic writing , chapter , examiner , theory , theory chapter , thesis and tagged examiner , Pat Thomson , theory chapter , thesis. The review should motivate the research question and the methodological and theoretical approach. The latter is then explained in the theory chapter, the former in a subsequent methodological chapter or subchapter.
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