Artful design: Writing the proposal for research in the naturalist paradigm

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  • Margarete Sandelowski,

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    • School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
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    • Margarete Sandelowski, PhD, RN, is an associate professor in the School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Diane Holditch Davis,

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    • Diane Holditch Davis, PhD, RN, and Betty Glenn Harris, PhD, RN, are both assistant professors in the same school.

  • Betty Glenn Harris


Abstract

The preparation of the research proposal for a study that involves an emergent research design compels the investigator to negotiate the paradox of planning what should not be planned in advance. This paper is a guide to writing the proposal for research in the naturalist paradigm, and includes illustrative sections of a proposal recently funded by the National Center for Nursing Research.

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