Q-methodology: An alternative design for undergraduate nursing honors research

Desiree Hensel

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Background: Undergraduate research is a high-impact educational practice that fosters deep learning. Study design is an important factor to consider when planning for student success. Method: Q-methodology uses statistical principles to study subjectivity and can be successfully used by undergraduate nursing students to build research skills and foster deep learning. Results: Authentic assessments evidencing attainment of the desired learning outcomes in student studies include well-written literature reviews, successful institutional review board submissions, completed projects, and dissemination of findings. Conclusion: Q-studies solve many design challenges faced by novice researchers leading to doable and meaningful undergraduate projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)659-662
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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