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Introduction to positivism, interpretivism and critical theory

16 March 2018

Nurse Researcher

Evidence & practice

Background There are three commonly known philosophical research paradigms used to guide research methods and analysis: positivism, interpretivism and critical...

‘Dipping our toes in the research pool’: novice researchers in a collaborative project

01 April 2008

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

Research capacity has been described as ‘a general term for a process of individual and institutional development which leads to higher skills and greater ability to...

Rigour in phenomenological research: reflections of a novice nurse researcher

20 April 2012

Nurse Researcher

A&S Science

Aim This paper is intended to explore conflicts and doubts that novice researchers face when using phenomenological research methods, especially with regard to...

Differentiating between descriptive and interpretive phenomenological research approaches

14 July 2015

Nurse Researcher


Aim To provide insight into how descriptive and interpretive phenomenological research approaches can guide nurse researchers during the generation and application...

Setting a research question, aim and objective

21 March 2016

Nurse Researcher

Question development

Aim To describe the development of a research question, aim and objective. Background The first steps of any study are developing the research question, aim and...