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.

Theoretical and Conceptual Frameworks

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.

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2016). Theoretical lens and frameworks for qualitative researchers [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

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