The conceptual framework and the iterative elements of doctoral nursing research design

Piper, Stewart and Stokes, Peter (2020) The conceptual framework and the iterative elements of doctoral nursing research design. Nurse Researcher, 28 (2). ISSN 2047-8992

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Background: Conceptual frameworks are central to doctoral nursing theses; they include the pragmatic and philosophical elements of the research design and their interrelationships. While the research process may seem to stem in a straightforward, linear manner from the research question, it is a more complex iterative enterprise. Aim: To build on Durham et al (2015) by reviewing the ostensibly static nature of research design and associated philosophical elements of the conceptual framework, reconsidering these in relation to the iterative nature of the research process, and translating these into implications for presenting the final draft of a doctoral nursing thesis. Discussion: All doctoral nursing theses will have limitations and experience difficulties. They do not follow a rigid, sequential process with a defined start and end, but progress tentatively, with the relationship between the elements of the research design and philosophical assumptions following an iterative process. Conclusion: The research design element of the conceptual framework of doctoral nursing theses should reflect the iterative reality of the process and the associated interrelationships that occur. Implications for practice: The absence in doctoral nursing theses of a full description of the philosophical and iterative processes of the research architecture and conceptual framework weakens the transparency of the research. Therefore, doctoral nursing students need to move beyond simple description of their inductive or deductive position and research design to help develop trust and confidence in their research.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: nursing research, doctoral research, conceptual frameworks
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2019 09:47
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:53

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