GER Theoretical Frameworks

Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Lawson: 111
Afternoon Mini Workshop


Kathy Quardokus Fisher, University of Notre Dame
Theoretical frameworks serve a variety of functions in research. These roles span from guiding the articulation of research questions to supporting the implications of findings. This workshop will be a facilitated exploration of the many uses of theoretical frameworks in GER. Both novices and experts are invited to join the discussion. Please bring a laptop or internet-enabled device to the workshop.


By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Consider what utility a theoretical framework may have across various stages of research design, implementation, and dissemination
  • Discuss the various terms that have been used to describe theoretical frameworks
  • Analyze a published example of the use of a theoretical framework in GER
  • Map out an example research design and appropriate theoretical frameworks
Workshop Presentation File: Quardokus_Fisher_Workshop Presentation.pdf (Acrobat (PDF) 517kB Jul22 19)


1:30 Welcome, Introductions, and Attendance

1:45 Self-Assessment Knowledge Survey: QuardokusFisher_Knowledge Survey.pdf (Acrobat (PDF) 69kB Jul23 19) and Discussion Group Assignment

2:00 Part 1: Role of Theoretical Frameworks - What do textbooks and journals say? 15 minutes

Group Discussion 1: Terms, Synonyms, and Jargon 10 minutes

Report Out 5 minutes

2:30 Break

2:40 Part 2: Using Multiple Theoretical Frameworks and Deconstructing Theory Application in GER 20 minutes

Group Discussion 2: Mapping Participant (or provided) Examples 20 minutes

3:20 Lightning talks of small group examples

3:45 Self-Assessment Knowledge Survey: QuardokusFisher_Knowledge Survey.pdf (Acrobat (PDF) 69kB Jul23 19) and Workshop Evaluation

4:00 Adjourn

Works Cited

Patton, M. Q. (2001). Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods, 3rd ed., by Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 688 pages

Quardokus Fisher, K., Kaufman, E., Calagna, O., Myles, L., Brinkworth, C., Simmons, D. R., & Dixon, P. G. (2019). Developing scientists as champions of diversity to transform the geosciences.Journal of Geoscience Education , 1-13.

Twining, P., Heller, R. S., Nussbaum, M., & Tsai, C. C. (2017). Some Guidance on Conducting and Reporting Qualitative Studies. Computers & Education, 106, A1-A9