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Research Proposal: Use of Literature
Each student researches and finds six (6) articles pertaining to overall subject--Two (2) of these articles will be used for the brief literature critiques.
- The group now will have approximately 20-25 articles (some of the original six might be duplicative). Articles will be a mix of quantitative and qualitative research articles. (Must be at least one quantitative and one qualitative article among those chosen for the project.)
- As a group decide which articles BEST serve to support your research question and choose SIX to provide a foundation of science on which to build your proposal.
- A reference page, using APA format, is to be included in the final poster presentation including at least six articles (more is fine), with the supporting information identified.
Critique: Use of Literature
- Each student will research and find articles pertaining to a topic of interest to them approved by Dr. Pyle.
- From the six (6) articles that you have brought to your group to support your research proposal, you will choose one (1) quantitative article and one (1) qualitative article.
- These articles must be a form of research article that is from a peer-reviewed journal.
The critique assignment is lengthy, so make sure the article is one that is of interest, is well written, not just a short/easy article.
Framework for How to Read and Critique a Research Study
Prepared by Louise Kaplan, Phd, ARNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, Senior Fellow, Department of Nursing Practice and Policy
A Nurses’ Guide to the Critical Reading of Research
This article was originally published in The Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 26, 102-109 (2008) and has been updated to maintain currency. Provides a structured route to questioning the methodology of nursing research. A framework is provided to assist in the analysis of a research paper in a systematic, logical order. The framework does not intend to separate quantitative or qualitative paradigms but to assist the nurse in making broad observations about the nature of the research.
PowerPoint presentation by Bishnu Mainali Puspalata Ghimire, M.Sc. Nursing 1st year Batch 2012.
Step-by-Step Guide to Critiquing Research. Part 1: Quantitative Research.
When caring for patients it is essential that nurses are using the current best practice. To determine what this is, nurses must be able to read research critically. But for many qualified and student nurses the terminology used in research can be difficult to understand thus making critical reading even more daunting. It is imperative in nursing that care has its foundations in sound research and it is essential that all nurses have the ability to critically appraise research to identify what is best practice. This article is a step-by step-approach to critiquing quantitative research to help nurses demystify the process and decode the terminology. This article was published in British Journal of Nursing, 16(11), 658–663 (June 14, 2007).
Step-by-Step Guide to Critiquing Research. Part 2: Qualitative Research.
As with a quantitative study, critical analysis of a qualitative study involves an in-depth review of how each step of the research was undertaken. Qualitative and quantitative studies are, however, fundamentally different approaches to research and therefore need to be considered differently with regard to critiquing. The different philosophical underpinnings of the various qualitative research methods generate discrete ways of reasoning and distinct terminology; however, there are also many similarities within these methods. Because of this and its subjective nature, qualitative research it is often regarded as more difficult to critique. Nevertheless, an evidenced-based profession such as nursing cannot accept research at face value, and nurses need to be able to determine the strengths and limitations of qualitative as well as quantitative research studies when reviewing the available literature on a topic.
Understanding and Critiquing Quantitative Research Papers
This article, the second in a three-part series on research, explores quantitative research. Quantitative research aims to focus on objectivity, and therefore searches for answers that can be generalised to other situations. Quantitative researchers believe that it is possible to focus on objective reality within the world. This article was published in the July 11, 2006 issue of Nursing Times.
Understanding and Critiquing Qualitative Research Papers
This article, the last in a series on research, examines the steps involved in qualitative research before introducing more terminology regarding the different approaches to qualitative studies. The process of evaluating qualitative research is explored by using an evaluative framework to further explain some of the terminology that researchers use. This article was published in the July 18, 2006 issue of Nursing Times.