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
Alternatively, theorists sometimes conclude that some putative type of objects does not really exist from the realisation that the terms used to refer to them (e.g., 'ether', 'soul', etc.) are not fit for a serious explanatory theory. However, there are terms which, even though theorists would deem them not fit for philosophical or scientific theorising, refer to certain types of things whose existence would not be easy to deny.
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. And although physical geography and human geography were both in the same department, not divorced, they were separated.
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.
Accordingly, the ultimate goal of RITE, as a research endeavor, is to develop an explanatory theory of teachers' learning during the critical period of initial teacher education (and beyond) that helps us understand the complex, contingent, and multiple influences on whether, how and to what extent teacher candidates/teachers learn to engage in patterns of teaching practice that support students' learning and challenge existing inequities in the system.
It is unlikely to appeal to most academics as it lacks explanatory theory to account for the factual statements found in the chapters.
Instead, after identifying and naming the phenomenon, an explanatory theory looks into the causal relationships between concepts.
Kahneman's book provides an explanatory theory for these errors.