A conceptual framework may not be necessary for your thesis or dissertation but it is certainly important.
Don’t think that just because it isn’t included in the list of submittals, you don’t have to design a conceptual framework for your dissertation. A framework will provide a road map for your dissertation’s investigative process which will help you in all the aspects of your research. It is especially important for a qualitative research because it deals with subjective data and students have a habit of straying away from the topic.
A conceptual framework explains graphically, or in narrative form, the key factors, concepts or variables to be studied and the presumed relationship among them.
Here, conceptual framework develops as participants’ views and issues are gathered and analyzed. Normally qualitative work is described as starting from an inductive position, seeking to build up an assumption, with the theoretical framework being ‘emergent’, because existing theories might mislead.
This includes previous knowledge of the student and the supervisor. Here, personal experience and technical knowledge especially play important role.
A collection of prior researches and studies play an essential role in guiding the researcher. The past theories can give an example of the methodologies and techniques used and the outcomes that were achieved through that. A literature review is one of the best sources to guide you along your research path and benefit in the framework of the study.
Some ways through which you can design your framework are as follows
So, there you have all the information you need to develop your qualitative research conceptual framework.
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