Paradigmatic nature and theoretical framework in educational research

Salah Troudi


This paper addresses the role of the theoretical framework in conducting research and writing up a research report, especially in the context of postgraduate programmes. Research students are expected, as part of their academic training, to conduct data-based research and report their findings according to a set of established academic criteria. To do so, the research design, data collection and analysis need to be informed by a theoretical concept or framework that the researcher adopts. The paper presents a short discussion of the theoretical framework and provides an example of how this concept is used in the design of a study.  Two practical activities are provided at the end of the paper for novice researchers to practise locating and developing their own theoretical framework.

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