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Carper (1978) Fundamentalpatterns of knowingKnowledge development for a practice discipline
The problem of Nursing as apractice discipline◦ Nursing involves processes of dynamic  interactions◦ Nurses in practice kn...
Why develop patterns of knowing   The aim of Carper’s theory was to:    ◦ Formally express nursing knowledge    ◦ Provide...
Knowing and knowledge   Knowing and knowledge    ◦ Knowing refers to the way of perceiving      and understanding self an...
Nursing’s fundamental patternsof knowing   Carper (1978)             Chinn and Kramer    ◦   Ethics                 (200...
Ethics: the component of moralknowledge in nursing  Guides and directs how nurses conduct   their practice  Requires    ...
Sources of Ethical knowing Nursing’s ethical codes and  professional standards An understanding of different  philosophi...
Personal knowing: acceptance of self thatis grounded in self-knowledge andconfidence   Concerned with becoming self-aware...
Personal knowing Personal knowing needs to be  integrated or reconciled with  professional responsibilities Personal Kno...
Aesthetic knowing: the art ofnursing   Expressed through:    ◦ Actions, bearing, conduct, attitudes, narrative      and i...
Aesthetic knowing   Perceiving the nature of a clinical    situation and interpreting this    information   To respond w...
Empirics: the science of nursing   Based on the assumption that what is known    is accessible through the physical sense...
Empirical knowing   Positivist science    ◦ Knowledge is systematically organised      into general laws and theories   ...
Emancipatory knowing (Chinn    and Kramer) Emancipatory knowing addresses the  social and political context of nursing an...
Fundamental patterns ofknowing           Empiric           Emancipatory Ethical                  Personal             Aest...
Methods of turning knowing intoknowledge   Problem based learning    ◦ An instructional method in which students work in ...
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Nursings fundamental patterns of knowing

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Nursings fundamental patterns of knowing

  1. 1. Carper (1978) Fundamentalpatterns of knowingKnowledge development for a practice discipline
  2. 2. The problem of Nursing as apractice discipline◦ Nursing involves processes of dynamic interactions◦ Nurses in practice know more than they can communicate to others◦ Historically what nurses know has not been communicated well◦ Empirical knowledge only partially reflects nursing knowledge◦ This can be improved when all forms of knowing are integrated and valued
  3. 3. Why develop patterns of knowing The aim of Carper’s theory was to: ◦ Formally express nursing knowledge ◦ Provide a professional and discipline identity ◦ Convey to others what nursing contributes to healthcare ◦ Create expert and effective nursing practice
  4. 4. Knowing and knowledge Knowing and knowledge ◦ Knowing refers to the way of perceiving and understanding self and the world ◦ Knowledge refers to knowing that is expressed in a form that can be shared and communicated to others
  5. 5. Nursing’s fundamental patternsof knowing Carper (1978)  Chinn and Kramer ◦ Ethics (2008) ◦ Personal knowing ◦ Emancipatory ◦ Aesthetics Knowing  The praxis of nursing ◦ Empirics
  6. 6. Ethics: the component of moralknowledge in nursing  Guides and directs how nurses conduct their practice  Requires ◦ Experiential knowledge of social values ◦ Ethical reasoning  Focus is on: ◦ Matters of obligation, what ought to be done ◦ Right , wrong and responsibility ◦ Ethical codes of nursing ◦ Confronting and resolving conflicting values, norms, interests or principles
  7. 7. Sources of Ethical knowing Nursing’s ethical codes and professional standards An understanding of different philosophical positions ◦ Consequentialism ◦ Deontology ◦ Duty ◦ Social justice
  8. 8. Personal knowing: acceptance of self thatis grounded in self-knowledge andconfidence Concerned with becoming self-aware ◦ Self–awareness that grows over time through interactions with others Used when nurses engage in the therapeutic use of self in practice ◦ Scientific competence, moral/ethical practice, insight and experience of personal knowing Personal reflection ◦ Informed by the response of others Openness to experience
  9. 9. Personal knowing Personal knowing needs to be integrated or reconciled with professional responsibilities Personal Knowing is the basis of the therapeutic use of self in the nurse patient relationship ◦ Perceiving self feelings, and prejudices within the situation
  10. 10. Aesthetic knowing: the art ofnursing Expressed through: ◦ Actions, bearing, conduct, attitudes, narrative and interaction ◦ Knowing what to do without conscious deliberation Involves: ◦ Deep appreciation of the meaning of a situation ◦ Moves beyond the surface of a situation ◦ Often shared without conscious exchange of words ◦ Transformative art/acts ◦ Brings together all the elements of a nursing care situation to create a meaningful whole
  11. 11. Aesthetic knowing Perceiving the nature of a clinical situation and interpreting this information To respond with skilled action It uses the nurses intuition and empathy Is based on the skill of the nurse in a
  12. 12. Empirics: the science of nursing Based on the assumption that what is known is accessible through the physical senses: seeing, touching and hearing. ◦ Reality exists and truths about it can be understood A pattern of knowing that draws on traditional ideas of science Expressed in practice as scientific competence ◦ Competent action grounded in scientific knowledge including theories and formal description ◦ Involves conscious problem solving and logical reasoning
  13. 13. Empirical knowing Positivist science ◦ Knowledge is systematically organised into general laws and theories Source of this knowledge ◦ Research ◦ Theory
  14. 14. Emancipatory knowing (Chinn and Kramer) Emancipatory knowing addresses the social and political context of nursing and healthcare and critiques the four fundamental patterns of knowing It recognises serious social barriers to health and well-being Emancipatory knowing requires an understanding of the nature of knowledge Praxis is the process of emancipatory knowing. It requires both critical reflection and action
  15. 15. Fundamental patterns ofknowing Empiric Emancipatory Ethical Personal Aesthetic
  16. 16. Methods of turning knowing intoknowledge Problem based learning ◦ An instructional method in which students work in small groups ◦ Used to gain knowledge and acquire problem-solving skills. Clinical Supervision ◦ An exchange between practicing professionals to enable the development of professional knowledge and skills Structured reflection on practice ◦ John’s (1994) model of structured reflection used Carper’s fundamental patterns of knowing ◦ Section 5 of the model considers learning gained from the experience. It asks “how has this experience changed my ways of knowing?”  Empirics/ Aesthetics/Ethics/Personal

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