Some theory evaluation models are quite complicated but this one is a straight forward, simple one that I think is appropriate for the level you are at. So, use these criteria when evaluating your theory for the paper.

Instructions for Critique Paper: The paper is to be written in APA 6th ed format. Please use the suggested headings. A properly formatted title and reference page are also required. Be sure to include an introductory paragraph explaining why you chose to critique the theorist you selected. This paper should be no longer than 900-1000 pages (excluding the title and reference page.).

 The meaning of the theory is clear and understandable.

Suggested Heading- Meaning of the Theory

  • The reason for developing the theory is clear
  • Why was the theory developed?

    Was there any special influence(s) that lead to the development of the theory?

  • What about the theory is clear?
  • Identify parts of the theory that are clear in meaning and are understandable

  • What level of knowledge is needed to understand the language used in the theory
  • Can a nursing student understand the language used in the theory?

     Boundaries of the theory are consistent with nursing practice.

    Suggested Heading- Boundaries of the Theory

  • Does the definition of nursing in the theory fit with other acceptable definitions of nursing
  • How is it similar or different from other theories?- Provide one example of how it is similar to another theory and also one example how it is different from another theory

  • What aspects of nursing are addressed within the structure of the theory?
  • How is nursing discussed, used, defined?

  • Does the theory differentiate between nursing and other disciplines?
  • Do you think this theory can be used in another discipline? Why or why not….explain.

  • Where does nursing take place?
  • What is the “setting” of nursing? Home, acute care, community? explain

     Language is understandable and includes minimum jargon.

    Suggested Heading- Language of the Theory

  • Is the language used in the theory clear, consistent and useful for understanding?
  • Provide examples of the language that is difficult to understand.

    Provide examples of jargon used in the theory

     Major concepts in the theory are identified and defined

    Suggested Heading- Concepts of the Theory

  • Can you identify the major concepts and definition?
  • IS the nursing metaparadigm clearly defined?
  • Provide an in-depth view of the metaparadigm framed by this theorist….Use a grid or table to demonstrate this. BE SURE to give proper reference for the material obtained from websites or books.

     Are the assumptions of the theory congruent with nursing’s historical perspective, and ethical standards?

    Suggested Heading- Assumptions of the Theory

    Does the theory appear to be congruent with the evolution of nursing?

    Does the theory support the ethical standards in nursing?

    Meaning of the Theory

  • The reason for developing the theory is clear
  • Identified parts of the theory that were clear
  • Discussed level of knowledge needed to understand the theory 5
  • Boundaries of the Theory

  • Does the definition of nursing in the theory fit with other acceptable definitions of nursing
  • What aspects of nursing are addressed within the structure of the theory?
  • How is nursing discussed, used, defined?

  • Does the theory differentiate between nursing and other disciplines?
  • Where does nursing take place? 5
  • Language of the Theory

  • Is the language used in the theory clear, consistent and useful for understanding?
  • Provide examples of the language that is difficult to understand and examples of jargon used in the theory

    5

    Concepts of the Theory

  • Can you identify the major concepts and definition?
  • IS the nursing metaparadigm clearly defined?
  • Presents grid or table for information 5
  • Assumptions of the Theory

  • Does the theory appear to be congruent with the evolution of nursing?
  • Does the theory support the ethical standards in nursing? 4
  • APA guidelines followed:

    format, citations, reference list, margins, etc. 3

    Scholarly writing:

    Grammar, punctuation, spelling 3

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