Christine English Principal lecturer, children’s nursing, Northumbria University
Theresa Pengelly Senior lecturer, children’s and young people’s nursing, Coventry University
Choosing the right research approach and study design
A RESEARCHER needs to select a methodology and methods that fit the purpose of the study and will be able to answer the questions it poses. Clarifying viewpoints about epistemology (the philosophical theory of knowledge) and ontology (the nature of reality) is also important because these perspectives can affect the choice of study design. Consideration must also be given to any specific criteria in the research proposal bid criteria.
Nursing Children and Young People. 28, 3,12-12. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.28.3.12.s13