Nursing research conventions: objectivity or obfuscation?

Authors: Porter, S.

Journal: Journal of advanced nursing

Volume: 18

Issue: 1

Pages: 137-143

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Authors: Porter, S.

Journal: J Adv Nurs

Volume: 18

Issue: 1

Pages: 137-143

ISSN: 0309-2402

DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.1993.18010137.x

This paper is a critique of naïve realism, the philosophy which animates much nursing research, and which leads researchers to assume that the attainment of objective knowledge is possible. The nature of naïve realism, and its relationship to objectivity, is discussed. Central to this outlook is the belief that the values and interests of the researcher can and should be divorced from the prosecution of research. This is reflected in the literary convention of referring to the researcher in the third person. Contrary to this position, I argue that the interpretations, values and interests of the researcher are central to the research process. Moreover, nursing research may be affected by the interests of managers, educationalists, and those who wish to see nursing attain professional status. Nursing researchers should accept that they are part of the social situations which they study. They should therefore become reflexive in their outlook. This entails recognizing and attempting to understand the effects of the researcher, rather than trying to eliminate or ignore them.

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Authors: Porter, S.

Journal: Journal of Advanced Nursing

Volume: 18

Issue: 1

Pages: 137-143

eISSN: 1365-2648

ISSN: 0309-2402

DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.1993.18010137.x

This paper is a critique of naive realism, the philosophy which animates much nursing research, and which leads researchers to assume that the attainment of objective knowledge is possible The nature of naive realism, and its relationship to objectivity, is discussed Central to this outlook is the belief that the values and interests of the researcher can and should be divorced from the prosecution of research This is reflected in the literary convention of referring to the researcher in the third person Contrary to this position, I argue that the interpretations, values and interests of the researcher are central to the research process Moreover, nursing research may be affected by the interests of managers, educationalists, and those who wish to see nursing attain professional status Nursing researchers should accept that they are part of the social situations which they study They should therefore become reflexive in their outlook This entails recognizing and attempting to understand the effects of the researcher, rather than trying to eliminate or ignore them Copyright © 1993, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

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Authors: Porter, S.

Journal: Journal of advanced nursing

Volume: 18

Issue: 1

Pages: 137-143

eISSN: 1365-2648

ISSN: 0309-2402

This paper is a critique of naïve realism, the philosophy which animates much nursing research, and which leads researchers to assume that the attainment of objective knowledge is possible. The nature of naïve realism, and its relationship to objectivity, is discussed. Central to this outlook is the belief that the values and interests of the researcher can and should be divorced from the prosecution of research. This is reflected in the literary convention of referring to the researcher in the third person. Contrary to this position, I argue that the interpretations, values and interests of the researcher are central to the research process. Moreover, nursing research may be affected by the interests of managers, educationalists, and those who wish to see nursing attain professional status. Nursing researchers should accept that they are part of the social situations which they study. They should therefore become reflexive in their outlook. This entails recognizing and attempting to understand the effects of the researcher, rather than trying to eliminate or ignore them.

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