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The Empirical Process Depends on Theories, Hypotheses, and Research
The empirical process reflects a dynamic interaction between 3 essential
elements.
-1
st
, there is a theory, which is an idea or a model of how something in the world
works. It consists of interconnected ideas and concepts, explains what is
observed, and makes predictions about future events.
-2
nd
, there is a hypothesis, which is a specific prediction of what should be
observed if the theory under consideration is correct. In this manner, the
hypothesis serves as a direct tests of the theory. If the theory is reasonably
accurate, the prediction framed in the hypothesis should be correct.
-3
rd
, there must be research, which involves the systematic and careful collection
of data, or objective information, to examine or test where the given hypothesis
and ultimately, the corresponding theory—is indeed tenable.
-Once the findings of the study are in, the researcher returns to the original theory
to evaluate the implications of the data obtained.
-Either the findings support the theory or they require that the theory be modified
to take them into account.
Good theory is one that produces a wide variety of testable hypotheses
Serendipity- the unexpected stumbling upon something important.
The empirical process is based on the use of theories to generate hypotheses that
can be tested by collecting objective data.
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The Empirical Process Depends on Theories, Hypotheses, and Research The empirical process reflects a dynamic interaction between 3 essential elements. -1 , there is a theory, which is an idea or a model of how something in the world works. It consists of interconnected ideas and concepts, explains what is obndrved, and makes predictions about future events. -2 , there is a hypothesis, which is a specific prediction of what should be observed if the theory under consideration is correct. In this manner, the hypothesis serves as a direct tests of the theory. If the theory is reasonably acrdrate, the prediction framed in the hypothesis should be correct. -3 , there must be research, which involves the systematic and careful collecti
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