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Two weeks of this course are devoted to theory as it tends to be a topic that requires additional time to understand. This week, you began your understanding of theory. Understanding the role of theory in research is the goal for this Discussion.

To prepare for this Discussion:

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  • Review Chapter 3 in the course text, Research Design. Examine the ways in which theory is used for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed studies. Why isn't theory used the same way for all research?

  • Review the "Theory" media segment.

  • Analyze the role of theory in research. Does it serve to connect components of the study? Is it a basis for selecting a research approach?

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 3 a 2- to 3-paragraph analysis of the role of theory in research.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the reading(s) and/or media segment(s) and use APA format.

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