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Research philosophy: towards an understanding

01 October 2003

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

In this paper, Frank Crossan argues that the distinction between quantitative and qualitative philosophies and research methods is sometimes overstated, and that...

Linking aims, paradigm and method in nursing research

22 November 2012

Nurse Researcher

A&S Science

Aim To explore the use of paradigms as ontological and philosophical guides for conducting PhD research. Background A paradigm can help to bridge the aims of a study...

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...

From Darwin to constructivism: the evolution of grounded theory

09 January 2013

Nurse Researcher

A&S Science

Aim To explore the evolution of grounded theory and equip the reader with a greater understanding of the diverse conceptual positioning that is evident in the...