Fundamental Patterns of Knowing in Nursing

  title={Fundamental Patterns of Knowing in Nursing},
  author={B A Carper},
  journal={Advances in Nursing Science},
  • B. Carper
  • Published 1 October 1978
  • Philosophy
  • Advances in Nursing Science
It is the general conception of any field of inquiry that ultimately determines the kind of knowledge the field aims to develop as well as the manner in which that knowledge is to be organized, tested, and applied. The body of knowledge that serves as the rationale for nursing practice has patterns, forms, and structure that serve as horizons of expectations and exemplify characteristic ways of thinking about phenomena. Understanding these patterns is essential for the teaching and learning of… 
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