ERIC Number: ED196054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
A Fact Without a Theory: The Role and Responsibilities of the Quantitative Researcher in Dramatic Theorizing.
If drama theorists are to improve the profession at large, they need to put their own house in order first. Too often drama theorists rely on intuition, tolerating the unexplained and the unsystematized. They could learn from theorists in other fields, such as physics and the "hard" sciences, by organizing the facts of their field of knowledge and by realizing that the formulation of theories is a cyclical process of analysis, synthesis, and verification. Organizing the facts known about drama, understanding these facts thoroughly, and using them to improve drama theory is what drama theorists should be doing. In this way they make their own work and work in the general field of drama both easier and more productive. But preparation of theorists must first begin with learning the facts upon which valid, effective theories are built. In short, drama theorists need to focus on the analysis, synthesis, and verification of the facts of drama. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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