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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This book sets out many different approaches and ways of thinking in the development of nursing theory and expands on earlier editions by introducing a new knowledge pattern called emancipatory knowing. New material on evidence-based practice and other trends relevant to the practice of nursing is also included. With this edition, the title has been changed from Integrated Knowledge Development in Nursing.
Purpose: The purpose of this edition is to examine how nursing theory and patterns of knowing affect nursing practice and to discuss a new pattern called emancipatory knowing.
Audience: "This book is written at a graduate student level and would be appropriate for academicians and practitioners with advanced degrees. The student resources make it potentially pertinent for baccalaureate students. "
Features: Chapter structure has been changed since earlier versions, with the nonempiric ways of knowing provided earlier, in chapters 3 to 6, followed by empirical knowing in chapters 7 to 10. Chapter 3 discusses the emancipatory pattern of knowing, detailing how it interrelates with the four fundamental patterns of knowing as identified by Carper. The former appendixes outlining the broad conceptual models and frameworks and middle-range theories have been moved to the Evolve website, (http://evolve.elsevier.com/Chinn/knowledge). Questions have been added at the end of each chapter to stimulate discussion. The glossary has been updated and student resources are available online as are web links relevant to nursing theory.
Assessment: As with earlier editions, the authors have worked to make the language more user friendly, eliminating words and phrases that are more typically reserved for the academician. The authors state that the inclusion of emancipatory knowing is in its beginning state, but it appears a very fitting addition to ways we learn and integrate knowledge. The authors also leave the field open to identifying further patterns of knowing in the future.