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met·a·the·o·ry

 (mĕt′ə-thē′ə-rē, -thîr′ē)
n.
A theory devised to analyze theoretical systems.

metatheory

(ˈmɛtəˌθɪərɪ)
n
1. (Philosophy) philosophical discussion of the foundations, structure, or results of some theory, such as metamathematics
2. a formal system that describes the structure of some other system. See also metalanguage
metatheoretical adj
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The meta-theory is an important part of the theoretical development of the subfield.
The PhD program emphasizes nursing theory and meta-theory, which refine and expand nursing knowledge, while the DNP's will utilize this knowledge in their practice.
The central issue is whether Frege has a meta-theory and meta-logic of logic or whether he follows the concept sometimes called 'logic as language', which takes logic not as a formal systems besides language, but as a partial regimentation of language for specific scientific (mostly mathematical) purposes.
To give reasons for those processes--to explain the functions they serve and the effects they have--would require appeal to some causal meta-theory.
Thus, African-centered meta-theory mandates a new theory of African personhood.
Less emphasis on theory and meta-theory development; the emphasis is on applying the theory to practice.
Seven popular counseling theories are presented in this book and integrated into a meta-theory utilizing the common denominator of existentialism.
However, preliminary research based on the STF and its derivative, the MSCI, is promising and suggests that research derived from this constructivist meta-theory has the potential to address the challenges facing career research in the post-modern era, while not discounting the contribution of the modern era.
Overall, Macfarlane has done an excellent job of synthesizing others' work and using it to evidence his meta-theory.