Theoretical Critique Assignment

Directions

To complete your assignment, please consider the following:

· Answers to the questions listed below should be detailed.

· APA format should be used including a title page and references. Label each section for the question you are answering. You will lose credit if you do not follow APA format.

· Please follow the grading rubric for this assignment very carefully

· Choose the same theorist for this assignment as for the assignment in Week 8. These are companion papers

· Follow the grading rubric. Review the grading rubric before submitting the paper

Choose a nurse theorist and utilize the following outline to analyze and evaluate the theoretical framework. The aim of this activity is to facilitate theory-guided nursing practice.

Question 1 – Significance of the theory (15 points)

· Does the theory deal with a topic that is currently important to society?

· Does the theory offer new insights about the topic?

· Is the theory important to nursing?

· How has the theory been used to guide nursing education, administration, and/or practice?

Question 2 – Context of the theory development (15 points)

· Who is the nursing theorist as a person and as a nurse?

· What are the major theoretical influences on this theory?

· What were major external influences on development of the theory?

Question 3 – The theory is internally consistent (15 points)

· Is the theory clearly defined?

· Are the concepts of the theory clearly linked?

· Are all terms and definitions of the theory consistent in discussions of the theory?

Question 4 – Parsimony of the theory (15 points)

· Is the theory stated as concisely as possible? Parsimony is met when the statements clarify rather than obscure the phenomena of interest.

Question 5 – Testability of the theory (15 points)

· Can the theory be empirically tested?

· Are the concepts of the theory measurable?

Question 6 – Pragmatic adequacy of the theory (15 points)

· Is the theory used in the real world?

· Are education and special skill training required to apply the theory?

· Is it feasible to implement this theory in nursing practice?

· Describe how you can apply this theory in your current or future nursing practice.

APA and Format (10 points) https://dyc.instructure.com/courses/28621/modules/items/515959

Rubric Theoretical Critique Assignment

Criteria

Ratings

Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroduction

3 pts

Full Credit

Introduces main topic of paper

1 pts

Partial Credit

Lacks clarity in introducing topic/paper

0 pts

No Credit

Does not introduce main topic of the paper

3 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSignificance of the Theory

12 pts

Full Credit

Analyzes theory for currency, importance and relevance to nursing education, administration and practice

8 pts

Partial Credit

Lacks clarity or detail

0 pts

No Credit

Does not sufficiently analyze the theory

12 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContext of the Theory Development

12 pts

Full Credit

Describes the personal attributes of the theorist. Describes the influences on the development of theory, including external influences

8 pts

Partial Credit

Lacks clarity and definition. Lacks sufficient detail.

0 pts

No Credit

Does not sufficiently address the context of the theory

12 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeInternal Consistency of the Theory

12 pts

Full Credit

Explains how well concepts are clearly defined and linked

8 pts

Partial Credit

Lacks clarity and definition. Lacks sufficient detail.

0 pts

No Credit

Does not sufficiently explain concepts and relationships

12 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeParsimony of the Theory

12 pts

Full Credit

Parsimony is met when the statements clarify rather than obscure the phenomena of interest. Discusses in detail the degree of parsimony of the theory.

8 pts

Partial Credit

Lacks clarity and definition. Lacks sufficient detail.

0 pts

No Credit

Does not sufficiently explain the parsimony of the theory.

12 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTestability of the Theory

12 pts

Full Credit

Explains how the theory can be empirically tested (quantitative and qualitative). Discusses how concepts are measurable.

8 pts

Partial Credit

Lacks clarity and definition. Lacks sufficient detail.

0 pts

No Credit

Does not sufficiently explain the testability of the theory.

12 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePragmatic Adequacy of the Theory

12 pts

Full Credit

Describes how the theory is used in clinical practice, now or in the future. Explains why or why not the theory is practical.

8 pts

Partial Credit

Lacks clarity and definition. Lacks sufficient detail.

0 pts

No Credit

Does not sufficiently explain the practical use of the theory in practice.

12 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeProfessional Writing

10 pts

Full Credit

Paper is at least 3-4 pages in length. Writing is accurate, clear, concise and organized. No spelling, grammatical or sentence structure errors. Provides adequate detail in paper.

6 pts

Partial Credit

One to two areas lacking. More than three spelling, grammatical and sentence errors.

0 pts

No Credit

Writing is unprofessional. Multiple spelling and grammatical errors.

10 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAPA Format

10 pts

Full Credit

Title Page (Follow the APA 7th edition for writing a title page). Pages are numbered in upper right corner of each page. Times New Roman, 12 point type, double spacing with appropriate margins, paragraphs, indents. Headings and subheadings are used throughout the paper. References are cited appropriately.

6 pts

Partial Credit

One to three areas lack correct APA formatting.

0 pts

No Credit

References or citations are missing. More than three errors in APA formatting.

10 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConclusion and Analysis

5 pts

Full Credit

Effectively summarizes the main points of the paper

3 pts

Partial Credit

Lacks clarity in concluding the main points of the paper

0 pts

No Credit

No conclusion

5 pts

Total Points: 100