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What is implied when researchers claim to use a theory?
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Mathematics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2217-6624
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Mathematics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4429-988X
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Research and Method in Education, ISSN 1743-727X, E-ISSN 1743-7288Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The focus of this article is on the use of theories and on what we imply when we in research claim to use a theory. In this article, diverse uses of one theory will be illustrated with reference to ten different studies. The aim is not to evaluate or judge how the theory is used in these studies, but to discuss how the diverse uses of one and the same theory may infer very different things in research. Questions are raised about what happens with the hierarchy and the coherence of an argument and what conclusions can be drawn when only some parts of a theory are used.

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2016.
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theory, networking, comparison, Wenger
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Pedagogy
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences, Pedagogics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-50285DOI: 10.1080/1743727X.2016.1166487OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-50285DiVA: diva2:909555
Available from: 2016-03-07 Created: 2016-03-07 Last updated: 2017-09-14

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