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Primer in Theory Construction, An A&B Classics Edition Paperback – April 29, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0205501281 ISBN-10: 0205501281 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (April 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205501281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205501281
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Primer in Theory Construction is for those who have already studied one or more of the social, behavioral, or natural sciences, but have no formal introduction to the way theories are constructed, stated, tested, and connected together to form a scientific body of knowledge. The author discusses scientific theories in general terms, but also addresses the special challenges of developing scientific knowledge about social and human phenomena.

 

This Allyn and Bacon Classics Edition contains the complete text of the original copyright 1971 version, with new typography and page design.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tiro on October 22, 2008
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I read this book as a grad school and then used it many years later when teaching an undergrad seminar. I loved it, and the students did, too.

The book is incredibly concise, clear. The book starts with the idea of concept and works its way (quickly) up to theories. Then the link between theory and empiricism is explored very briefly.

If you have ever wondered what a "theory" is or by what criteria you could judge one, this is your book.
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This short text packs high levels of intellectual thought about theory into its slim container. Very theoretical.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By WC on September 27, 2011
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This book is part of the required readings for my theory construction class, I find it dry and difficult to understand. The plus side is that it`s short.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By shopper on July 21, 2013
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Received this package on time with no complaints, haven't really used it yet but bought it just in case because it was a required text.
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