This latest edition of Resources for Nursing Research provides a comprehensive bibliography of sources on nursing research and includes references for books, journal papers and Internet resources. This Fourth Edition covers the disciplines of nursing, health care, and the social sciences.

Conceptualizing Nursing Research

Conceptualizing nursing research

Philosophical Bases for Research

‘[A] plurality of philosophies may be necessary to reflect the many facets of nursing science, that is, no one view may be sufficient to embrace or drive nursing knowledge in its totality.’ (Omery, Kasper & Page, 1995: x)

Definitions [See Appendix D for Sources]

Cartesianism – the philosophy of Descartes

Concept – a word picture or mental idea of a phenomenon

Conceptual framework – a background or foundation for a study, a less well-developed structure than a theoretical framework [… concepts are related in a logical manner by the researcher]

Conceptual model – symbolic presentation of concepts and the relationships between these concepts

Constructivism – … a philosophical perspective interested in the ways in which human beings individually and collectively interpret or construct ...

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