Theories are a fundamental aspect of the fabric of our lives. They allow us to understand the world more acutely. They guess at the way things are and offer ideas about how things in the world might be interconnected. Without them we would be unable to make sense of things and determine which aspects of reality are critical to us and which are unimportant. The same is true in doctoral work. The theories we use provide a lens for developing understanding. Although they are likely to be more abstract, nevertheless the theories we use in doctoral work will offer descriptions and explanations by putting into focus the phenomenon in which we are interested. Getting close to theory in doctoral study is exciting because it helps explain the phenomenon being studied. In a similar way that an optical lens improves our eyesight, the theoretical lens we use in doctoral work helps us improve our insight.
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