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Type: Journal article
Title: Clinical placement and case study methodology: a complex affair
Author: Donnelly, F.
Wiechula, R.
Citation: Nurse Education Today, 2012; 32(8):873-877
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0260-6917
1532-2793
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Frank Donnelly, Rick Wiechula
Abstract: Clinical placement is a valuable component of nursing education, helping students to authenticate, integrate and develop a range of nursing skills and knowledge. The diversity of nursing curricula throughout the world and the many models of clinical placement make this a difficult subject to research using typical qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. The potential for case study methodology to address the complexity of learning in the clinical environment is significant. This paper argues that Complexity Theory provides an interpretive paradigm that articulates well with case study methodology. This paper also provides an example of the development of a theoretical proposition based on pattern matching. Pattern matching is an approach to data analysis that encourages a consideration of predicted patterns with those that are empirically based.
Keywords: Case study methodology; Complexity theory; Clinical placement; Pattern matching
Rights: © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020122821
DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2012.02.010
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