DDBA8303 Northcentral University Conceptual Framework Discussion

Discussion Post Question:

Describe the concept of “conceptual framework” as related to a dissertation study. What is the conceptual framework supporting the chosen Session Long Project “mini” study?

Answer the two discussion post:

Post one:

A conceptual framework can be compared to the blueprint of a house. Grant and Osanloo used this metaphor to describe the process and importance of taking time to create such a framework (Grant, 2016). They contend that it is one of the most important aspects of the research process yet it is often misunderstood. One of the first things that one must do is to identify the variables involved in research. This should include independent and dependent variables which may include multiple variables. These variables create the walls and floors of the house allowing it to take shape. It is then important to understand the predicted flow of these variables, in a cause and effect relationship this is usually denoted as an arrow. If the relationship is incorrect this can be the same as mistaking a wall for the roof and can impact the entire study.

The article in the SLP looks at the relationship of access to care for low income rural patients and the impact on MI’s. The major variables are the access to care as the access to care and the independent variable are the outcomes specific to MI’s. There are other variables but those are the 2 major ones. The importance for the authors to create a conceptual framework prior to implementation of the study is vital because it acts as a road map to ensure the study is carried out in a manner that yields the desired results.

Post two:

There are many ways to look at a conceptual framework. Magher (2019) once compared a conceptual framework to a recipe. Grant and Osanloo (2014) refer to a theoretical framework as a blueprint providing a structured approach to guide, shape, and support a study. Both these analogies are helpful for students struggling with this concept. A recipe outlines how to take random ingredients and put them together in a meaningful way to make something wonderful. To apply this to a research study simply think of the variables as ingredients and the instructions are the methodologies chosen for the study. The blueprint analogy allows the researcher to expand their ideas by mapping them either by narration or through flow charts allowing for easier following of the thought processes and procedures employed.

Theoretical and conceptual frameworks offer confirmation of academic benchmarks and processes (Grant & Osanloo, 2014, p.14). According to Grant and Osanloo (2014, p.14) these frameworks also explain why the study is relevant and how the researcher assumes to fill the gap in the literature.

According to Magher (2019) the steps to build a conceptual framework are to first choose a topic, then do a literature review, next define the variables which are important, then create a flow chart or narrative, and finally be flexible and revise the framework as needed to allow for maximum clarity.


Grant, C., & Osanloo, A. (2014). Understanding, selecting, and integrating a theoretical framework in dissertation research: Creating the blueprint for your “house”. Administrative Issues Journal Education Practice and Research, 4(2), 12-26. doi:10.5929/2014.4.2.9

Magher, M. (2019). How to make a conceptual framework for a thesis. Retrieved from https://education.seattlepi.com/make-conceptual-fr…

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