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Strategies for Theory Construction in Nursing, CourseSmart eTextbook, 5th Edition

By Lorraine Olszewski Walker, Kay Coalson Avant

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: Sep 23, 2010

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For all masters or doctoral courses on nursing theory or related to framework development for practice or research.


For beginning graduate students in nursing and related disciplines, this text offers the clearest, most useful introduction to methods of theory development. It places nursing theory development in context, with a rich historical view that traces the field from its from its mid-20th century beginnings through contemporary and emerging issues. Present-day coverage includes both domain- and population-focused theories designed to specifically address the needs of clients served by nurses. Important additions in this edition include short reflections and critical thinking projects, as well as a new chapter on using knowledge development and theory to inform practice.

Table of Contents

PART I. Overview of Theory & Theory Development

1. Theory in Nursing: Past to Present

2. Using Knowledge Development and Theory to Inform Practice

3. Approaches to Theory Development Used in This Book


PART II. Derivation Strategies

4. Concept Derivation

5. Statement Derivation

6. Theory Derivation


PART III. Synthesis Strategies

7. Concept Synthesis

8. Statement Synthesis

9. Theory Synthesis


PART IV. Analysis Strategies

10. Concept Analysis

11. Statement Analysis

12. Theory Analysis


PART V. Perspectives on Theory and Its Credibility

13. Concept, Statement, and Theory Testing 

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$41.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-249405-2