Teacher Response to Homework #3: From Agenda to Framework

Grades and additional feedback on Blackboard. Please read the feedback, as it is highly individualized and important for the progression of the class, as is the feedback from your peers.

The difference between an abstract and a framework

The first module asked you to predict what kind of theory you might develop, and now you’ve created a foundation for that theory. The only difference is a difference of certainty, meaning how certain you are that you want to explore a particular direction. All theory-building takes, in other words, is time, effort, and creative thinking. And like most skill sets, under the right guidance, you get better at it the more you do it.

The last stage: Making an argument

Though there have been attempts to avoid agonism altogether in academic writing, these attempts have arguably not caught sufficient traction to make them an advisable course of action. The last stage of this class is called a “theoretical argument,” because this is how the statistical majority of your fellow researchers will see your theory: as an assertion of particular assumptions. Again, the only difference is that by the time you are ready to deploy a full-blown argument, you should be very certain that your theory is tenable, meaning a contribution to the field that you are willing to cultivate, no matter how long that takes.

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