Outline for: Written process analyses
Process Recording Directions: These assignments are 10% of your Theory Grade for the course
Each student will choose a theory from the syllabus and using one of the suggestions from chapter 2 of Peterson & Bredow, write a one-page analysis.
The chosen theory will be different from the theory chosen for the Analysis of a Theory, Application of a Theory Paper or Presentation of a Theory.
Students will be prepared to lead discussion of that theory in class.
The term process analysis encompasses a wide range of positions, strategies, and analytical procedures. The cognitive processes involved in analysis
in a way can help us to better understand how an integrative approach to advanced practice has continued its rapid evolution since 1996, and how this
brings new findings and generates new knowledge to nursing science.
Process analysis, regardless of the specific approach, involves:
• Comprehending the phenomenon under study
o Understanding the components and constructs of a theory – Grand Theories, e.g. culture care, adaptation, unitary
o Understanding the phenomenon under study – Middle Range Theories e.g., pain, resilience, caring
• Synthesizing a portrait of the phenomenon that accounts for relations and linkages within its aspects
o Mental image of the phenomenon or theory (pain, self-efficacy)
o Theoretical model – e.g. Sunrise Model (Leininger)
o Nursing, Health, Environment, Human Beings
o Relationship of theoretical constructs or phenomena with the 4-metaparadigms in nursing, etc,
• Theorizing about how and why these relations appear as they do, and
o Reflection on the relationship of the theory constructs, phenomena
• Recontextualising, or putting the new knowledge about phenomena and relations back into the context of how others have articulated the
o Review background on theory development
o Consider how the theory builds on knowledge from previous theories in nursing and non-nursing theories?
Although the form that each of these steps will take may vary according to the area that you choose, this set of steps will help you to depict a
series of intellectual processes by which data in their raw form are considered, examined, and reformulated to become a research product.