This framework determines how you perceive, make sense of, and interpret your data.
Explanation of the theoretical framework helps the reader understand your perspective and context.
"The theoretical framework is the “blueprint” for the entire dissertation inquiry.
It serves as the guide on which to build and support your study, and also provides the structure to define how you will philosophically, epistemologically, methodologically, and analytically approach the dissertation as a whole.
It provides the background that supports your investigation and offers the reader a justification for your study of a particular research problem.
It includes the variables you intend to measure and the relationships you seek to understand.
The data collection and analysis are also based on the theoretical and conceptual framework.
As stated by Grant and Osanloo (2014), “Without a theoretical framework, the structure and vision for a study is unclear, much like a house that cannot be constructed without a blueprint.
It helps you to consider other possible frameworks and to reduce biases that may sway your interpretation.
As you develop your theoretical framework you will consider alternative theories that might challenge your perspective.