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From The CriticsReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN(University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: "This is the 6th edition of a book that reviews nursing theory and its development. It explores ways in which nursing knowledge is developed using Carper's (1978) Fundamental Patterns of Knowing. The previous edition, published in 1999, was titled Theory and Nursing: Integrated Knowledge Development. The title change reflects the authors' beliefs that knowledge can be more fully expressed and communicated when all forms of knowing are integrated and valued. "
Purpose: This book provides many different approaches and ways of thinking in the development of nursing theory. The writing in this edition, which includes simpler sentence structure and language, is an effort to appeal not only to the academician but also to the practitioner.
Audience: "This book is written at a graduate student level and would be readable for academicians and practitioners with advanced degrees. Appendixes A and B are interpreted summaries of selected conceptual frameworks and middle-range theories and would be appropriate for the BSN student and nurse. The authors are well known and well respected experts in the field. "
Features: This book begins with an overview of Carper's Fundamental Patterns of Knowing: Empirics, Ethics, Personal Knowing and Aesthetic Knowing. Chapter 2 outlines the history of nursing knowledge development, and a feature new to this revision is a section on nursing trends in knowledge development. This includes information on interpretive and critical approaches, poststructuralism and postmodernism, terms and trends found in current nursing literature. Although four chapters focus on empirics, there is broadened content on the other three patterns of knowing and new content on pattern integration. There is an updated glossary explaining terms such as critical multiplism, discourse analysis, and hermeneutic inquiry, reflecting the newer trends in nursing knowledge development. Also new is a student's resource (online) with activities such as case studies, critical thinking questions, and crossword puzzles.
Assessment: "This edition reflects the current trends in knowledge development including postmodern influences, critical multiplism, and the historical trends toward the blending of methods. It is written in a more user friendly style with special attention to value-laden terms and connotations inherent in language that do not reflect a human science. Appendixes A and B include useful summaries of selected conceptual frameworks and middle-range theories. The online student resource is an added plus. "