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metatheory

(met?a-the'a-re, -ther'e)
1. Knowledge about a discipline. For nursing theory, it is the most global (abstract) type of nursing theory. It focuses on broad issues that address the profession's most important concepts: the relationships among human beings, health, the environment, and nursing itself. See: metaparadigm
2. A theory about the knowledge of a discipline, such as the nature and structure of nursing knowledge.
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The developmental-contextual career meta-theory presents a convergent and ecological perspective of career development.
(13) And when it comes to the tax base, a second meta-theory comes into play that would predict failure for the group.
This position, or meta-theory abjures, is inimical to theorizing in the sense of, imposing, a reductive 'set of tools' or an interpretative frame.
As noted previously, the PhD program emphasizes nursing theory and meta-theory, which refines and expands nursing knowledge while the DNP utilizes this knowledge in their practice.
This scheme helps to illustrate that a practice-based approach to paradigms departs from the common meaning of the notion in organization studies and elsewhere: Metaphorically speaking, an understanding as "meta-theory," "world view" or "way of seeing" approaches the disciplinary matrix from its top, particularly stressing the level of metaphysical elements.
Resultantly, a conceptual analysis is placed within each chapter, which leads the reader to identify remnants of meta-theory and triangulation.
To give reasons for those processes--to explain the functions they serve and the effects they have--would require appeal to some causal meta-theory. The usual candidates for meta-theories are those represented in case books of canonical literary works: Freudianism, Marxism, deconstruction, feminism, and Foucauldian cultural critique ("New Historicism').
These principles do provide a basis for an appropriate meta-theory, I believe, but they need expanding upon and articulating into a more fully-blown philosophy.
* Less emphasis on theory and meta-theory development; the emphasis is on applying the theory to practice.