• Conceptual, e.g. on feminism, racism, sustainability
When you are going to write a dissertation, you should keep in mind that different scientific disciplines presuppose different methods of writing them, which may be of two main types: theoretical and practical. The papers of the first kind usually deal with social, religious, philosophical, cultural, and ethical issues. They are non-empirical as to the type of study, and the method used is mainly analysis. You should be ready to spend a lot of time getting acquainted with different theories concerning the subject, comparing and arguing them, suggesting your own points of view. All work will be done in your brain, and the essential challenge for you will be supporting the argumentation over the length of the entire paper.
The steps that will allow you to write a successful theoretical dissertation are:
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In practical terms, a theoretical framework serves as a foundation for your research — one that is linked to the research questions you pose as well as to the research design and methodology. It is derived from the research literature, and may be inductive through qualitative research or deductive through quantitative research (Pajares, 2007).
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