Theoretical Framework Essay

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Theoretical Framework A Little Bit About Frameworks The weather forecasts a significant snowfall for the evening and near blizzard conditions are expected. The snow is just starting to fall. You are trying to get to the grocery store to pick up some supplies as you expect to be "snowed in" for a couple of days. It took you 20 minutes longer to get to the store from work than it normally does. People were either driving too fast and sliding off the road or they were driving so slowly that only one car could get through the traffic light. Once in the store, you find that there are only a few gallons of milk left in the case, only a 15, one dozen egg cartons are left, and the bread that is on the shelf is smashed. Finally, you get your supplies and push the cart to the cashiers only to find that there are 10 to 12 people in each line. People are grumbling and complaining, babies are crying, and children are whining. People are tense and irritable. Drawing on your knowledge of psychology and sociology, you begin to think about the problems that people have been dealing with today, the lack of supplies, long lines, and the concern about the impending winter storm. While you are not really aware of it, you start relating and explaining their behavior to stress theories. Theories are used by every discipline and every person, regardless of the level of the theory. Theories are use to explain and predict. "A theoretical framework is a frame of reference that is a basis for observations, definitions of concepts, research designs, interpretations, and generalizations, much as the frame that rests on a foundation defines the overall design of a house (LoBiondo-Wood & Haber, 1998, p. 141). According to Nieswiadomy (1998) the word theory is derived from "theoria," a Greek Word. Theoria means a beholding or speculation. Theories are speculations. Theories are NEVER
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