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How to embed a conceptual or theoretical framework into a dissertation study design

Journal Article


Abstract


  • BACKGROUND: Using a theoretical framework is often viewed as laborious or unnecessary for higher degree research projects. However, considering research problems through the lens of a theoretical framework can provide a structure for students to focus their research questions and produce findings that are more likely to address the research problem. AIM: To explain the utility of a theoretical framework and demonstrate the inclusion of a theoretical framework - deterrence theory - in a research project exploring plagiarism in nursing education. DISCUSSION: The experiences of a higher degree research student provided insight into the inclusion of a theoretical framework in a research plan. The benefits of this process are highlighted so other students can appreciate the importance of this process to their research plan and findings. CONCLUSION: A framework can add value to the overall research plan, from developing the research question through to the analysis and presentation of research findings. Fundamentally, frameworks provide a map for a study, providing a rationale for the development of the research questions or research hypothesis. A theoretical framework brings cohesion to the research project by linking the research questions and providing 'intellectual bins' for data analysis and presentation of research findings. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: This article may assist higher degree research students in recognising the benefits of using a theoretical framework and provides an example of a 'real-life' application in a research project. The authors argue that theoretical frameworks can strengthen the likelihood that the research has produced meaningful findings that have addressed the research problem.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Lynch, J., M Ramjan, L., J Glew, P., & Salamonson, Y. (2020). How to embed a conceptual or theoretical framework into a dissertation study design. Nurse researcher, 28(3), 24-29. doi:10.7748/nr.2020.e1723

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85091054251

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 24

End Page


  • 29

Volume


  • 28

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • BACKGROUND: Using a theoretical framework is often viewed as laborious or unnecessary for higher degree research projects. However, considering research problems through the lens of a theoretical framework can provide a structure for students to focus their research questions and produce findings that are more likely to address the research problem. AIM: To explain the utility of a theoretical framework and demonstrate the inclusion of a theoretical framework - deterrence theory - in a research project exploring plagiarism in nursing education. DISCUSSION: The experiences of a higher degree research student provided insight into the inclusion of a theoretical framework in a research plan. The benefits of this process are highlighted so other students can appreciate the importance of this process to their research plan and findings. CONCLUSION: A framework can add value to the overall research plan, from developing the research question through to the analysis and presentation of research findings. Fundamentally, frameworks provide a map for a study, providing a rationale for the development of the research questions or research hypothesis. A theoretical framework brings cohesion to the research project by linking the research questions and providing 'intellectual bins' for data analysis and presentation of research findings. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: This article may assist higher degree research students in recognising the benefits of using a theoretical framework and provides an example of a 'real-life' application in a research project. The authors argue that theoretical frameworks can strengthen the likelihood that the research has produced meaningful findings that have addressed the research problem.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Lynch, J., M Ramjan, L., J Glew, P., & Salamonson, Y. (2020). How to embed a conceptual or theoretical framework into a dissertation study design. Nurse researcher, 28(3), 24-29. doi:10.7748/nr.2020.e1723

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85091054251

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 24

End Page


  • 29

Volume


  • 28

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication