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Integral Meta-Impact: Integral Theory and Applying It With Meta-Theory Methodology for Validation, Dynamic Insight, and Effectiveness

Integral Meta-Impact: Integral Theory and Applying It With Meta-Theory Methodology for Validation, Dynamic Insight, and Effectiveness
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Author(s): Simon Divecha (The University of Adelaide, Australia)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 26
Source title: Integral Theory and Transdisciplinary Action Research in Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Veronika Bohac Clarke (University of Calgary, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5873-6.ch002

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Abstract

Integral theory presents as a theory of everything. As such, how do we validate its use while applying it as a methodology and investigating its blind spots? Meta-theory methodology can authenticate integral theory and provides a check on its comprehensiveness. The methodology draws on relevant mid-range theories and integral theory (a meta-theory itself) to refine and justify a study's methods while simultaneously applying theory to specific research. This rigor creates clarity and insight. Complex issues—for example, the concept of sustainability that illustrates this chapter—are characterized by many different (mid to meta, conceptual to applied) theoretical approaches. Meta-theory methodology assists to sift these, highlight critical points, and realize integral theory's promise.

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