Conceptual frameworks and terminology in doctoral nursing research

Durham, Wendy and Sykes, Chris and Piper, Stewart and Stokes, Peter (2015) Conceptual frameworks and terminology in doctoral nursing research. Nurse Researcher, 23 (2). pp. 8-12. ISSN 2047-8992

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Aim: To define conceptual frameworks and their inherent dichotomies, and integrate them with concomitant concepts to help early nursing doctoral researchers to develop their understanding of and engage with discourse further, so that nursing can demonstrate its ability to contribute to the meta-theoretical debate of doctoral research alongside other practices and theory-based disciplines. Background: Conceptual frameworks are central to nursing doctoral studies as they map and contextualise the philosophical assumptions of the research in relation to paradigms and ontological, epistemological and methodological foundations. They shape all aspects of the research design and provide a structure for theorising. They can also be a challenge for researchers and are under-discussed in the literature. Review methods: Literature review. Discussion: The key aspects of the conceptual framework debate in terms of objectivist, subjectivist paradigms and the wider paradigm debate, including retroduction and abduction, are reviewed here together with consideration of how these apply to nursing doctoral research. Conclusion: Conceptual frameworks are pivotal to nursing doctoral research as they clarify and integrate philosophical, methodological and pragmatic aspects of doctoral thesis while helping the profession to be seen as a research-based discipline, comfortable with the language of meta-theoretical debate. Implications for research/practice: Conceptual frameworks should form the methodological foundation for all nursing doctoral research.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: doctoral nursing research
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2015 15:19
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 19:00

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