Research Assignment

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Critiquing Research
According to Webster (1985), to research is to search or investigate exhaustively. He also states that it is, “A careful or diligent search, studious inquiry aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts.”
The piece being critically reviewed is an article by Dr Ann Seed (1995), “Crossing the Boundaries – Experiences of neophyte nurses.”
Readers sometimes assume that if a report was accepted for publication; the study must be sound (Polit & Beck 2004), unfortunately this is not always true. In order to determine the quality of the work, a critical review is needed. This work will use the Model for Critical Appraisal of Studies by B Roe (1993).

The Introduction
The introduction should acquaint readers with the research problem and context (Polit & Beck 2004). The introduction in Seeds research is informative but does not give actual reasons for the study and what expectations are. These are not established at all in the published piece; this is a problem for the reader as it leaves one guessing what Seed feels the importance is and what the intentions were, this should have been highlighted in the beginning.

Literature review
Seed does not use a literary review. Cormack (2000) states all articles should; as quoted in Polit & Beck (2004); Glaser and Strauss (1967) disagree, and state it is not correct to take on qualitative research having pre-examined earlier works. The author does not discuss reasons why she has not included a literary review, although she has used 25 references and this shows she has read during her study. Seed made direct references to Elias (1978) stating, “Defecating in public becoming socially unacceptable around 1530” and so she obviously thought it important to use some other writers’ opinions.

Objectives & Aims
The aim was to stimulate discussions about how crossing the boundaries affected the…...

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