Theory Analysis and Evaluation
Purpose: With the evolution of numerous theories within the discipline of nursing, there is a need to examine and critically analyze a theory’s value to the profession and to practice. Consideration of the contribution of a theory to the body of nursing knowledge must be made.
Theory analysis is a systematic, nonjudgmental process that supports understanding of that particular theory. A grand, middle range or borrowed theory may be selected. The process of theory analysis is one that is methodical and objective, with the goal of fostering a better knowledge of a certain theory. It is possible to choose either a grand, medium range, or borrowed theory.
There are a number of different approaches to theory evaluation and analysis, and each one has its own special way of doing things.
There are several methods for theory analysis and evaluation; each has its unique approach and process.
Select Walker and Avant method of theory analysis and apply
it to an assigned theory. You should use examples in nursing practice to illustrate your analysis. APA format is expected.