The Relationship of Theory and Research

Jacqueline Fawcett, RN, PhD, CTN-A, FAAN

Year First Published – 1986
Major Concepts

Nursing theory
Nursing research
Analysis and evaluation of conceptual-theoretical-empirical structures
Integrating reviews of literature
Writing research proposals and reports

Brief Description

This book extends what had been written in many existing books about conceptual models, theories, and research methods by focusing on the relation between conceptual models, theories, and empirical research methods. Chapter 1 presents an oveview of conceptual models, theories, and research. Chapters 2 and 3 present frameworks for analyzing and evaluating conceptual-theoretical-empirical structures, respectively. Chapter 4 provides information about how to prepare integrative reviews of research findings. Chapter 5 presents an explanation of how to write research proposals and research reports. Each chapter includes many examples drawn from existing literature and diagrams that illustrate chapter content.

Book Editions

Fawcett, J. (1999). The relationship of theory and research (3rd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.

Fawcett, J., & Downs, F. S. (1992). The relationship of theory and research (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Company. Reprinted in Singapore

Fawcett, J., & Downs, F. S. (1986). The relationship of theory and research. Norwalk, CT: Appleton Century Crofts.

Author

Jacqueline Fawcett

Jacqueline Fawcett is a professor in the Department of Nursing (Nursology) at the  University of Massachusetts Boston. Although she has conducted two major programs of research during her career, one guided by Rogers’ Science of Unitary Human Beings and the other guided by Roy’s Adaptation Model, her passion is meta-theory, that is, the nature and structure of knowledge in nursing, which is the focus of this book.