This ambitious and long-awaited volume brings together foremost nursing scholars and educators to review and critique the state of nursing research across topics most relevant to current practice. Comprehensive in scope, cogent and truly thought provoking, a book such as the Handbook for Clinical Nursing Research is a must-have shelf reference for every nurse carrying out research or aspiring to conduct research and for those who teach them.
Chapter 4: Relationship of Research Perspectives to Methodology
Relationship of Research Perspectives to Methodology
The selection of a mode of inquiry to address a research question is a major decision for the nurse scientist. Appropriate research methods for building nursing science continue to be debated in the nursing literature, and differing views are offered by nurse theorists and scientists. Methodological preferences go beyond the specific questions to be answered, as qualitative and quantitative research methods are based on different views of reality. Although the research methods are derived from the research questions, the philosophical perspective of the nurse scientist will, more often than not, influence the types of research questions generated (Bryman, 1984). This ...