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Chapter 3: The Use of Theory: Suggested Studies

The following citations indicate suggested studies to use as examples of using theory in research.

Examine the literature reviews within the following student proposals:

  1. Qualitative example:
    Morales, A. (2006).
    Language brokering in Mexican immigrant families living in the Midwest: A multiple case study. [Dissertation Proposal].
    University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
    Planned theory development on pp. 9–10.
  2. Quantitative example:
    Hayes, M. (2007).
    Design and analysis of the Student Strengths Index (SSI) for nontraditional graduate students. [Thesis Proposal].
    University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
    Variables defined on p. 24.
  3. Mixed methods example:
    Ivankova, N. (2002).
    Students' persistence in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln distributed doctoral program in educational administration: A mixed methods study. [Dissertation Proposal].
    University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
    Theory discussion on pp. 15–19.

Examine the use of theory within the following research articles:

  1. Qualitative example with a theoretical lens:
    Haldenby, A. M., Berman, H., & Forchuk, C. (2007).
    Homelessness and health in adolescents.
    Qualitative Health Research, 17
    (9), 1232–1244.
    Discussion of theory on p. 1235.
  2. Qualitative example that generates a theory:
    Harley, A. E., Buckworth, J., Katz, M. L., Willis, S. K., Odoms-Young, & Heaney, C. A. (2007).
    Developing long-term physical activity participation: A grounded theory study with African American women.
    Health Education & Behavior
    Generated theory on pp. 5–14.
  3. Quantitative example:
    Frankenberger, K. D. (2004).

    Adolescent egocentrism, risk perceptions, and sensation seeking among smoking and nonsmoking youth.
    Journal of Adolescent Research, 19
    (5), 576–590.
    Literature review and theory on pp. 577–580.
  4. Mixed methods example:
    Parmelee, J. H., Perkins, S. C., & Sayre, J. J. (2007).
    "What about people our age?" Applying qualitative and quantitative methods to uncover how political ads alienate college students.
    Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 1
    (2), 183–199.
    Literature review and theoretical perspective on pp. 184–187.