Using Carspecken's critical ethnography in nursing research

Smyth, Wendy, and Holmes, Colin (2005) Using Carspecken's critical ethnography in nursing research. Contemporary Nurse, 19 (1). pp. 65-74.

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Critical ethnography is an increasingly popular methodology for nursing research, but little advice is available as to what forms it may take, their applicability, and their relative strengths and weaknesses. This paper introduces and assesses the method developed and described by Phil Carspecken for use in educational research, presented in his book Critical Ethnography in Educational Research (1996). It outlines some of the philosophical and social theories which drive the methodology, and describes the steps in the research method with reference to nursing situations. Strengths and weaknesses are noted, and it is concluded that Carspecken's approach is useful for researching issues of interest to nurses who locate themselves in the critical theoretical tradition.

Item ID: 6136
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1037-6178
Keywords: critical ethnography; critical theory; methodology; nursing research; philosophical assumptions; social theory; Carspecken's method
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2010 22:30
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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