hypothetico-deductive model

(noun) A research method in which a hypothesis is deduced from theory and observable empirical evidence is collected to test the hypothesis.

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  • Using the hypothetico-deductive model, if a hypothesis is true, the theory is confirmed but if the hypothesis is false, the theory is disconfirmed.
  • Not all research requires a hypothesis such as ethnography and phenomenology which are intended to provide description.

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