Conceptual Framework Development Handbook, First Edition


The original and popular Conceptual Framework Development e-book for graduate and undergraduate students published in 2016.


About the Conceptual Framework Development Handbook

The conceptual framework handbook was written in response to the many requests and queries of readers in a previous post titled “Conceptual Framework: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Make One.” They want a more detailed discussion of the topic with practical examples to show them how to go about it.

The Conceptual Framework Handbook unravels the mystery surrounding this often confused portion of the thesis or research paper. For a beginning researcher, a thorough understanding of the conceptual framework and the ability to frame one is a prelude to writing a good research paper or thesis. It is the rudder by which the ship sails. You’ll get lost in your research without it.

This 52-page e-Book thoroughly discusses the steps to take to develop a conceptual framework that will give you a head start in writing a research paper.

Specifically, the Conceptual Framework Handbook aims to:

  1. define the conceptual framework,
  2. distinguish the theoretical from the conceptual framework,
  3. identify sources of information,
  4. guide beginning researchers in the identification of a research topic,
  5. clarify the purpose of the literature review and how to write it,
  6. tell what is a thesis statement and provide examples, and
  7. provide several conceptual framework examples that cut across disciplines.

The last objective requires the preparation of several example frameworks derived from reviews of literature on the given topics. It’s a painstaking task as it requires reading through a lot of existing literature to get a better idea of the subject at hand. Thus, the e-Book demonstrates how tedious a review of literature can be to gain a better picture of research issues or to identify a “gap” in knowledge.

The reader can jump right to the examples if he or she has already had a good understanding of the conceptual framework and just want to be clarified further by looking at several examples. These examples cut across disciplines. The literature that supports the development of the conceptual framework uses actual research investigations. A paradigm is drawn for each topic to illustrate the relationship between independent and dependent variables.

The Conceptual Framework Handbook demonstrates what it says, providing practical, real-world examples based on the issues or concerns raised by readers in This community-driven e-Book thus customizes the discussion to answer the needs of the readers.



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