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grand theory

A set of abstract ideas that together make a broad statement about human beings, the environment, health, or nursing. A grand theory is broad in scope. It is made up of concepts and propositions that are less abstract and general than the concepts and propositions of a conceptual model but are not as concrete and specific as the concepts and propositions of a middle-range theory. A grand theory sometimes is used in place of a conceptual model as a guide for research or practice.
See also: theory
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Using a grand theory in a study by approach, assumes that the phenomena can be answered by a singular paradigm.
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Therefore, many centers of right and wrong refute and replace the central right and wrong of grand theory.
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While these do not, he argues further, 'add up to the grand theory to which he aspired' they still have 'lasting value', a value still largely unappreciated today.
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At one extreme, grand theory seeks an all-encompassing explanation that can stretch across heterogeneous contexts; it offers a discipline-wide model that combines maximum extension and minimal depth of analysis.
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