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NUR 506 - Evidence Based Practice

This guide is to assist NUR 506 students with nursing research and support for their final project.

What is a theoretical framework?


A theoretical framework is an idea or a group of ideas that provide structure to a theory in a research study. Researchers may use theoretical frameworks to guide their studies, discover or analyze new perspectives, or find connections between seemingly unrelated concepts. Theoretical frameworks are often used in science, economics, and many other fields of study. Researchers may choose among an almost limitless variety of theoretical frameworks, but should choose one appropriate to the topic being studied and the goal of the study.

Source: Dziak, M. (2016). Theoretical framework. Salem Press Encyclopedia Research Starters

 

Norma T. Mertz Discusses Theoretical Frameworks