Thread: The textbook addresses the concept of theory-based research. The authors state that, in order to produce an outstanding research study, researchers must conduct a review of the literature and formulate a research problem that will test a theory. Sir Isaac Newton, the famous physicist and mathematician, stated, “If I have seen farther than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.” Newton’s scientific discoveries were based on the prior works of eminent men such as Galileo and Copernicus.

  • What do you think is meant by a gap in the literature, and how can Newton’s words guide you in finding a gap in the literature?
  • The Bible reminds us in Colossians 2:8 (NIV) not to let deceptive philosophy or theories take us captive. Do you think this verse apply to us as Christians when conducting theory-based research?

Replies: The textbook addresses the concept of progressive discourse. This means that anyone at any time can offer productive criticism. If the criticism has merit, it is listened to and accommodated. The process of debate assumes that the researcher has a moral commitment to listen to his/her fellow colleagues and to remain open-minded. Progressive discourse is the hallmark of science and produces a better product. With this in mind, politely agree or disagree with a classmate’s thread. Support your arguments with the literature.

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