As we grind into “Theory Week” it’s important to understand what a theory is:
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we can establish a baseline for differentiating predictive, explanatory theory — ’scientific theory’ — from common usage of the term as speculative conjecture. This is important because Education theories are expected to fall in the former (scientific) category and not in the latter (conjecture) category. The way a theory works is that somebody gets an idea — the hypothesis — and proceeds to test it using various tools and techniques.
We need to keep this in mind as we’re talking about the difference between myth and theory.