Theoretical Framework And Its Relevance To Geographic Studies: An Application Of Innovation Diffusion Theory In CWM

Theoretical Framework And Its Relevance To Geographic Studies: An Application Of Innovation Diffusion Theory In CWM

Innocent E. Bello 1* and Matthew E. Ufuah 2

1National Space Research and Development Agency, PMB 437 Garki 2, FCT- Abuja, Nigeria
2Ambrose Alli University, PMB 14 Ekpoma Edo State, Nigeria

American Journal of Geographical Research and Reviews

This paper examines the meaning of concept, theory and theoretical framework and their relevance in geographic studies. In particular, the paper discussed the rationale behind the formulation and application of theoretical framework in carrying out a reliable geographic study. A categorical distinction in the use of ‘concept’ and ‘theory’ interchangeably was established and it was reiterated that every science has a goal, especially in the understanding and explanation of the real world phenomena. The paper also reiterated that although geography is short on theories and long on facts, yet development of theory seems to be vital both to satisfactory explanations and to the identification of geography as an independent field of study. An empirical application of innovation diffusion theory in geographic study (collaborative web mapping – CWM) is presented. The paper concludes that, like the human body, a theoretical framework plays a central role in geographic studies because it is the skeleton on which principles, methods and overall research goals are hinged.

Keywords: Concept, Geographic Studies, Theory, Theoretical Framework

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Innocent E. Bello and Matthew E. Ufuah. Theoretical Framework And Its Relevance To Geographic Studies: An Application Of Innovation Diffusion Theory In CWM. American Journal of Geographical Research and Reviews, 2018; 1:6.  DOI:10.28933/AJGRR-2018-01-2801


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