There’s nothing so practical as good theory.
– Kurt Lewin
Which is to say, theory doesn’t just lay out ideal practices. It suggests ideal practices, giving us a framework by which to evaluate our actual practices. The process is cyclical of course, but in the quest for understanding our worlds, theory is the process in which we are able to draw generalizations and relationships between our experiences, rather than just experience them. Is there a continuum of high theory that people with qualifications produce and lived theory that everyone produces when they put words to experiences?