Why study ed research?
- not about facts or truth, but about techniques for evaluating arguments
- not proof, but evidence
- ability to understand and evaluate research in media
- create proposals
Evaluating the quality of a theory
- Is is logical and coherent?
- Is it clear and parsimonious?
- Does it fit the available data?
- Does it provide testable claims?
- Have theory-based predictions been tested and supported?
- Has it survived numerous attempts by researchers to identify problems and falsify it?
- Is it better than competing theories?
- Is it generalizable?
- Can practitioners use it to control or influence things in the world?
- exploration - Generate ideas about phenomena
- description - describe characteristics of a phenomenon
- understanding - subjective viewpoints of particular people and groups
- explanation - how and why a phenomenon operates as it does
- prediction - predict or forecast a phenomenon
- influence - applying research to make certain outcomes occur