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Recommended Citation: McDonald, D S and S Schneberger.  Scientific Inquiry-Theory Construction: A Primer.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2006, v 23 (Dallas): §2544. ISSN: 1542-7382.

Scientific Inquiry-Theory Construction: A Primer

Refereed10 pages
David S. McDonald    [a1] [a2]
Department of Computer Information Systems
Georgia State University    [u1] [u2]
Georgia, USA    [c1] [c2]

Scott Schneberger    [a1] [a2]
Dept. of Computer Information Systems
Appalachian State University    [u1] [u2]
Boone, North Carolina, USA    [c1] [c2]

Constructing, creating, discovering, building or growing theories—and teaching it—is the central focus of this paper. The paper targets anyone desiring a more complete understanding of this fundamental building block of research and how to teach it. An explanation and description of theories (theories on theories, one might say) precedes insights on how to develop theories and teach it.

Keywords: theory construction, epistemology, research methods, scientific inquiry

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