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NUR 506 - Epistemology and Theory Construction

3 credits ( 3 didactic credits )

Ph.D. and MS-Ph.D. students in Health Practice Research, or instructor permission.


This course examines epistemology debates about science in current health care literature.  The debates reflect different ways of knowing and arise out of different philosophical traditions such as pragmatism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, post-structuralism and critical theory.  An understanding about these debates informs the discussion about the nature of science and methodological approaches to generating knowledge in health care science. The process of theory construction is examined from logical, inductive and deductive approaches. The interrelationship between concepts, constructs and variables are explicated for considering how study designs are generated. Students will apply knowledge gained about the process of theory construction to a specific area of interest.


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