Five Skills a Good Theorist Must Master

Argumentative Skill

Identifying and Critiquing Assumptions

Skills in Building and Elaborating

Skills in Organizing Theoretical Work

Inter-pretational Skills

Because a theory is a perspective, a good theorist must understand how to explain that theory to those who have not mastered its vocabulary and strategies. There is a dilemma here. Using old words in old ways is required to help people understand a theory; but it also distorts the theory. Managing this problem is an important skill. Skills of illustration, metaphor and analogy are particularly important.

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