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The practical implications of a critique of traditional science


Fitzgerald, MA, The practical implications of a critique of traditional science, International Journal of Nursing Practice, 1, (1) pp. 2-11. ISSN 1322-7114 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1440-172X.1995.tb00002.x


Patti Lather writes of the convincing critique of traditional science that has amassed in the past 2 decades. The displacement of the assumptions of traditional science makes space for some interesting and exciting developments in the human sciences. However this theoretical rearrangement is not matched in practical spheres. While Lather is referring to educational research I would include nursing when she writes, ‘positivism retains its hegemony over practice’. There is ample evidence of the effects of this domination in nursing. Nurses work closely with the medical profession, which is still predominantly influenced by ‘scientific’research, and health administrators who are in organizations which are bureaucratic and preoccupied with rationality. Medical practitioners control research ethics committees and funding bodies, which have relatively few nursing representatives and continue to judge proposals for qualitative projects by applying standard ‘scientific’criteria. The administrators control budgetary matters and impose standards in the organizations. The dominance of traditional science needs to be challenged if nurses wish to make a place for different ways of knowing in their practice. Copyright © 1995, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Fitzgerald, MA (Professor Mary Fitzgerald)
ID Code:64191
Year Published:1995
Deposited By:Nurse Education Unit
Deposited On:2010-07-05
Last Modified:2011-10-11

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