Learning to Theorize: A Four-Step Strategy

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SAGE Publications, Jul 14, 2000 - Social Science - 200 pages
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Through the use of compelling questions and examples, Dennis E Mithaug shows you how to implement his four-step strategy to construct explanations for uncertainties about how things work, how they ought to work, and what should be done about them. He begins the book with an explanation of the practical features of constructive theorizing and shows how it mirrors general problem solving, practical reasoning, and self-regulated learning. You will learn how to separate the facts, value and actions of a situation in order to clarify and understand their relationship as well as how a thinking strategy assists in learning to theorize better. This book will enable readers to separate questions of fact, value and action - explain their differences and similarities – and summarize their explanations in a theory that reconstructs those facts, values and actions in a more credible and valuable way.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Knowing What to Believe
1
Chapter 2 Constructing Credible and Valuable Beliefs
31
Chapter 3 Empirical Theorizing About Facts
49
Chapter 4 Moral Theorizing About Values
69
Chapter 5 Policy Theorizing About Actions
89
Chapter 6 Conclusion
107
Appendix A Three Problems and the Sample Theories Generated From Them
121
Appendix B List of the 23 Empirical Moral and Policy Theories
155
Appendix C Terms and Definitions for Constructive Theorizing
165
References
169
Index
175
About the Author
181
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