Purpose, Quality and Value in Critical Realist Research within Nurse Education

Coleman, Phil (2019). Purpose, Quality and Value in Critical Realist Research within Nurse Education. Nurse Media Journal of Nursing, 9(1) pp. 103–116.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.14710/nmjn.v9i1.23485


Background: There have been a wide range of practice fields in nursing research including education; however, the quality of research in these disciplines has often failed to provide a sufficiently robust foundation.

Purpose: This paper explores the purpose of educational research, how quality can be assured in such research and how the value of a research study in nurse education can be determined; focusing predominantly on arguments associated with the use of qualitative, and to a lesser extent, mixed methods research.

Methods: A Critical Realist review drawing upon relevant literature from the fields of nursing, education and healthcare was undertaken to examine issues of purpose, quality and value in such research.

Results: A wide range of criteria were identified to evaluate the purpose, quality and value of Critical Realist research using qualitative and mixed methods research within nurse education.

Conclusion: The holistic, theoretically-eclectic, pragmatic and solution-focused nature of nursing as a discipline means that Critical Realist research in nursing, and more specifically, nurse education should explicitly reflect these principles.

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