1977 – Theory Development: What, Why, How

Information provided by Jacqueline Fawcett
August 29, 2018

Dates – October 17-18, 1977

Location: Kansas City, MO.

Organizers – National League for Nursing Division of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs

Purpose of the conference – To discuss the what, why, and how of nursing theory development.

Attendees – Nursing faculty from universities throughout the United States

Description – The conference featured paper presentations and dialogue among presenters and with the audience.

  • Dorothy E. Johnson: State of the Art of Theory Development
  • Imogene M. King: The “Why” of Theory Development
  • Jacqueline Fawcett: The “What” of Theory Development
    • (On a personal note, this is the first national presentation by Dr. Jacqueline Fawcett, who had completed her PhD in Nursing at New York University in 1976. Dr. Fawcett was invited to present a paper at the conference by Rhoda Epstein, who was then on the staff of the National League for Nursing and was formerly a faculty colleague of Dr. Fawcett’s at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing.)
  • Loretta T. Zderad: From Here and Now to Theory: Reflections on “How”
  • Josephine G. Paterson: The Tortuous Way Toward Nursing Theory
  • Joan Rinehart: The “How” of Theory Development in Nursing
  • Margaret E. Hardy: Evaluating Nursing Theory


National League for Nursing. (1978). Theory development: What, why, how? (pp. 17 33). New York, NY: Author. Publication N. 15-1708