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Publications 2015, 3(2), 104-119; doi:10.3390/publications3020104

Novices’ Struggles with Conceptual and Theoretical Framing in Writing Dissertations and Papers for Publication

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Graduate College of Education, Temple University, Japan Campus, Japan
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Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, China
This paper is an expanded version of our paper presented at the TESOL Convention 2013 (20–23 March, 2013, Dallas, Texas, USA).
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Academic Editor: Margaret Cargill
Received: 1 January 2015 / Accepted: 17 April 2015 / Published: 28 April 2015
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In this conceptual paper, we address the problem that novice scholars in social sciences sometimes have in constructing conceptual or theoretical frameworks for their dissertations and papers for publication. In the first part of the paper, we discuss why the topic is important in the high pressure environment that novice scholars face, in which finishing a doctoral degree and getting published can make a difference in career success or failure, and explain our understanding of theoretical/conceptual framing, including provisionally defining some key terms. We then elucidate ten problems that novice scholars have with theoretical/conceptual framing, using our own experiences as manuscript reviewers and writers as examples. The paper concludes with ways that novice scholars can address the task of framing their scholarly work conceptually and theoretically, on the understanding that the struggles continue over the lifetime of a scholarly career. View Full-Text
Keywords: theory; conceptual framing; theoretical framing; qualitative research; novice researchers theory; conceptual framing; theoretical framing; qualitative research; novice researchers
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Casanave, C.P.; Li, Y. Novices’ Struggles with Conceptual and Theoretical Framing in Writing Dissertations and Papers for Publication. Publications 2015, 3, 104-119.

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