International Journal of Qualitative Methods (2009-12-01)

Building a Conceptual Framework: Philosophy, Definitions, and Procedure

  • Yosef Jabareen

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 8


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In this paper the author proposes a new qualitative method for building conceptual frameworks for phenomena that are linked to multidisciplinary bodies of knowledge. First, he redefines the key terms of concept, conceptual framework , and conceptual framework analysis . Concept has some components that define it. A conceptual framework is defined as a network or a “plane” of linked concepts. Conceptual framework analysis offers a procedure of theorization for building conceptual frameworks based on grounded theory method. The advantages of conceptual framework analysis are its flexibility , its capacity for modification , and its emphasis on understanding instead of prediction.