Theory Construction and Model-Building Skills A Practical Guide for Social Scientists

Theory Construction and Model-Building Skills A Practical Guide for Social Scientists

Theory Construction and Model-Building Skills: A Practical Guide for Social Scientists by James Jaccard and Jacob Jacoby

Contents of Theory Construction and Model-Building Skills

  • Part I. Basic Concepts
  • Introduction
  • The Nature of Understanding
  • Science as an Approach to Understanding
  • Part II. Core Processes
  • Creativity and the Generation of Ideas
  • Focusing Concepts
  • Clarifying Relationships Using Thought Experiments
  • Part III. Frameworks for Theory Construction
  • Causal Models
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Simulation as a Theory Development Method
  • Grounded and Emergent Theory
  • Historically Influential Systems of Thought
  • Part IV. Concluding Issues
  • Reading and Writing about Theories
  • Epilogue

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