Post an explanation of the role of theory in research. Next, identify a theory in your discipline (HEALTHCARE) and explain its basic tenets.

RESEARCH TOPIC: HEALTH LITERACY IN THE URBAN/RURAL POPULATION For this Discussion, you will identify an area of interest for a possible research topic. As you read about the different philosophical orientations in this weeks readings, consider if one of these orientations most closely aligns with your worldview and a particular approach to research. QUESTION 1: Post a brief description of your topic of research interest. Next, state the philosophical orientation that reflects your worldview and explain the epistemological and ontological assumptions of this orientation. Then, explain how these assumptions lend themselves to one or more research approaches. Role of Theory in Research Popular usage of the word theory may sometimes imply a singular, often grand idea. The world, however, is complex, and the systems designed to understand it, such as theory, are often intricate in order to sufficiently explain the world as it is. Indeed, as you will learn this week, theory is nuanced, and it can also be viewed as a combination of variables, ideas, or constructs to test or advance a research question. In addition, theory tends to play a different role in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research. For this Discussion, you will consider the role of theory in research and the relationship between theory and philosophical orientations. You will also familiarize yourself with a theory in your field ( HEALTHCARE ADMIN) so that you may become more conversant in your disciplines theoretical foundations. Then, with this theory in mind, consider your answer to the following question posed by Dr. Burkholder in last weeks reading: What do I have to believe about the world and about human beings in order for me to accept or use this theory? Finally, describe the extent to which the epistemological and ontological assumptions of your chosen theory align with the philosophical orientation that reflects your worldview.

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