Theories and Theorists

This week, you will submit the Theories and Theorists assignment introduced in Week 3.

You were assigned a chapter this week that will assist you in completing this assignment. To complete this Application:

  • Review Chapter 6 in the course text, A Primer in Theory Construction.
  • Review the Use of Theory Checklist handout to help pinpoint key elements of theory in research articles.

    The assignment:

    • Craft a 4- to 5-page paper in which you address the following instructions and questions:
      • Identify two key theories in your field.
      • Identify the theorist(s) and sources of the theories (key articles or books) in your discipline.
      • Describe the basic tenets of these theories.
      • Analyze the relationship between the two theories that you have found.
      • Explain why these theories are so important to your discipline and how they relate to the research that you are interested in doing.
      • Include a reference list for the five “classics” or influential works you have found