Hensel, Desirée (2016). Q-methodology: An alternative design for undergraduate nursing honors research. Journal of Nursing Education, 55(11), 659-662. (doi: 10.3928/01484834-20161011-10)

Abstract: 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.

Desirée Hensel <dehensel@iu.edu> is in the Indiana University School of Nursing, Bloomington, IN (USA).