Planning Your Research Project

  • Philip Burnard
  • Paul Morrison


  • To help clarify research problems and questions;

  • To demonstrate how to write a research proposal;

  • To help identify constraints in the research process.


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Further Readings

  1. Darling, V.H. and Rogers, J. (1986) Research for Practising Nursing, Macmillan, Basingstoke. Dempsey, P.A. and Dempsey A.D. (1986) The Research Process in Nursing, 2nd edn, Jones and Bartlett, Boston, MA, ch. 3.Google Scholar
  2. Dixon, B.R., Buma, G.D. and Atkinson, G.B.J. (1987) A Handbook of Social Science Research, Oxford University Press, Oxford, ch. 3.Google Scholar
  3. Herbert, M. (1990) Planning a Research Project: A Guide for Practitioners and Trainees in the Helping Professions, Caswell Educational, London.Google Scholar
  4. Leedy, P.D. (1985) Practical Research: Planning and Design, 3rd edn, Macmillan, New York, chs 3, 5 and 6.Google Scholar
  5. Vanetzian, E. (1987) ‘Using PERT to keep a nursing research project humming’, Nursing Research, 36 (6) 388–92.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Burnard, P. (1988) ‘“Brainstorming”’: a practical learning activity in nurse education’, Nurse Education Today, 8, 354–8.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Burnard, P. and Morrison, P. (1993) Survival Guide for Student Nurses, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford.Google Scholar
  8. de Bono, E. (1970) Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity, Penguin, Harmondsworth.Google Scholar
  9. Burnard, P. and Chapman, C. (1993) Professional and Ethical Issues in Nursing: The Code of Professional Conduct, 2nd edn, Scutari, Chichester.Google Scholar
  10. Medical Research Council (MRC) (1991) The Ethical Conduct of Research on the Mentally Incapacitated, MRC, London.Google Scholar
  11. Royal College of Nursing (RCN) (1977) Ethics Related to Research in Nursing, RCN, London.Google Scholar
  12. Calnan, J. (1984) Coping with Research: The Complete Guide for Beginners, Heinemann, London.Google Scholar
  13. Darling, V.H. and Rogers, J. (1986) Research for Practising Nurses, Macmillan, London.Google Scholar
  14. Hockey, L. (1985) Nursing Research: Mistakes and Misconceptions, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.Google Scholar

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© Philip Burnard and Paul Morrison 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Burnard
    • 1
  • Paul Morrison
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Wales College of MedicineCardiffUK

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