explanatory theory

explanatory theory

any theory which advances an EXPLANATION of a phenomenon or class of phenomena. Although explanatory theories can take many forms (see also HYPOTHETICO-DEDUCTIVE EXPLANATION AND METHOD, SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY, MEANINGFUL UNDERSTANDING AND EXPLANATION, FUNCTIONAL(IST) EXPLANATION), a general assumption is made that the ‘facts’ rarely speak for themselves in explaining phenomena.
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Unlike cognitive-experimental psychology, it does not constitute an explanatory theory, nor does it postulate to attribute certain psychological phenomenon to a set of predictable variables.
There is certainly some force to the Explanatory theory argument
argues that the existence of X should be rejected because X is causally irrelevant for a scientifically relevant explanatory theory, especially one that is committed to scientific realism or one that can be falsified.
All of these efforts are designed to carry forward a sound, explanatory theory of Congress that will better inform our popular understanding and the day-to-day work of congressional practitioners.
Physical geography emphasised the precise measurement of slopes without any overriding explanatory theory.
Although a debate on the idea of "autonomy" did exist and the concept was widely used in academic and political discourse to refer to midway strategies between balancing and bandwagoning the US, no systematic explanatory theory was developed to elucidate under which conditions autonomy was possible, preferable or more prone to be pursued.
Reflecting calls to explore the application of the Resource Based View (RBV) of the Firm for healthcare productivity, innovation and performance (1), we consider RBV as a potential explanatory theory for the evaluation of healthcare quality improvement.
As Cintra Torres points out, 'developing an explanatory theory concerning what keeps societies united, Durkheim has incorporated the phenomenon of the crowd.
Although Opfer and Pedder did not mention critical realism per se, they connected their complexity perspective to the work of sociologists whose studies are consistent with critical realism (Marsh, 1982; Tilly, 2008), and they argued that the overall goal of research on professional learning should be the identification of "emergent patterns of interaction within and between levels of activity that would constitute an explanatory theory of teacher learning as a complex system" (p.
It is unlikely to appeal to most academics as it lacks explanatory theory to account for the factual statements found in the chapters.
Kahneman's book provides an explanatory theory for these errors.
In the remainder of the section, each individual chapter is dedicated to a specific explanatory theory.