slideshare ppt on research

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Benefits of using conceptual frameworks in the research process

1.Conceptual frameworks help researchers by: 
   • modelling relationships between theories;
   • reducing theoretical data into statements or models;
   • explicating theories that influence the research;
   • providing theoretical bases to design, or interpret, research;
   • creating theoretical links between extant research, current theories, research design, interpretations of findings and conceptual conclusions.
     Thus, conceptual frameworks introduce explicitness with research processes.
2.The critical tests of conceptual frameworks are for them to demonstrate: 
  • unity within appropriate theories;
  • direction to research design and accompanying fieldwork;
  • coherence between empirical observations and conceptual conclusions.
  Thus, conceptual frameworks offer a self-audit facility to ensure cohesion and  appropriate conceptualisation for research conclusions.