Hensel, Desirée, Shana Porter, & Paige Mocek (2021). Viewpoints on undergraduate research among nursing students conducting Q-methodology studies. Journal of Nursing Education, 60(2), 96-98. (Link: https://doi.org/10.3928/01484834-20210120-07)

Abstract: Background: This article describes using Q-methodology to evaluate changes in attitudes about research among baccalaureate nursing students conducting Q-methodology studies as part of an undergraduate honors research program. Method: Five senior students, who had designed Q-methodology studies, sorted 36 opinion statements about undergraduate research based on two conditions of instruction: (a) according to their current attitudes, and (b) according to their beliefs before they began the honors program. Results: A two-factor final solution explained 70% of the variance. The Getting Ahead section of the study, associated with six sorting grids, also known as sorts, reflected positive beliefs about the professional benefits of engaging in undergraduate research. The Too Much Effort theme reflected beliefs held by three participants prior to engaging in the program. Conclusion: After engaging in an undergraduate research honors program where participants designed a Q-methodology study, this group of students reported gaining intellectual and practical skills and no longer found research to be as intimidating.

Desirée Hensel <desiree.hensel@curry.edu> is Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, Curry College, Milton, MA, USA.

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