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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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This brief overview about the "state of the art" in International Political Economy will introduce the field along metatheoretical lines.
Contextualized within the range of alternative perspectives available to researchers, it becomes clear that the dominant paradigm of entrepreneurship research is based upon a relatively narrow range of metatheoretical assumptions.
Metatheoretical perspectives that incorporate spiritual functioning as a component of normal developmental processes are needed to foster an integration of all aspects of the self.
Since these are precisely the three levels defined in narratology in the 1970s for the description of literary narratives, metatheoretical and methodological questions are consequently raised by many of the participants about the usefulness of literary models for clarifying both basic features and specifics of historiographic discourse.
Readers can envision ways in which metatheoretical discussions play out in ordinary gendered occupational discourses and mundane practices, such as those of airline pilots, lady-fliers, and the aviation industry in the United States during the last century.
Even those communication scholars who might want to use this book in a graduate seminar in organizational communication, however, would be advised to require an additional text that summarizes more of the research trends and findings in this field, since this book emphasizes broader metatheoretical debates rather than specific theoretical concepts or research findings.
(22) Firstly, this process challenged the rationalism and positivism of neo-realism and neo-liberalism, while pressurising reflectivists to move away from metatheoretical concerns to empirical analyses.
Of equal importance are the metatheoretical conceptualizations that the literary legacy of Africana womanism enables.
This paper abstracts and discusses the approaches of five educational theorists who have used quantum theory as a model for educational phenomena, sets forth and uses metatheoretical criteria to evaluate the work of these theorists, and states guidelines for further work in this domain.
Explains metatheoretical analysis of the origins of relationship marketing.
Indeed, in the last chapter, Apostolidis questions whether Adorno's own metatheoretical commitment to aesthetics neglected practical social and historical struggles.