Ashford 2: - Week 1 - Discussion 1


Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.


Theory,   Evidence, Belief, and Bias

 The purpose of this discussion is to contrast theories, evidence, beliefs and biases. Prepare and post a response to the following questions:

  1. Define what a theory is. What is the goal of a theory?      What are the components of a theory?
  2. Describe how we know if a theory is valid. What is      evidence or data? Where does evidence/data come from? What role does      evidence/data play in understanding a theory?
  3. Contrast a theory from a personal belief. What are the      practical uses for a theory, and what are the practical uses for beliefs?      Which is more likely to represent a bias, a theory or a belief? Explain.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7.

The Ashford Writing Center (AWC)  has two kinds of tutoring available to you.

  • Live Chat – If you have writing-related questions about a topic      before you draft a discussion post or submit a written assignment, you      will now be able to chat live with a tutor for a short (up to 20 minute)      conversation. Live Chat will be available Monday through Friday from      10:00-11:00 am and 4:00-5:00 pm (PST). AWC Live Chat
  • Email Paper Review – If you have a draft, partial draft, or even if      you’re having trouble getting started, you can complete a submission form      and email your paper to the AWC for review. 
    • Writing Tutors will do their best to return your paper       with their comments within 48 hours, not including Saturdays and Sundays.       Please plan accordingly if you would like to receive feedback before an       assignment due date. AWC Email Paper Review
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