Talking theory in HPE research

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    Theory is a powerful tool in health professions education (HPE) research. It can magnify and illuminate, facilitate meaning-making, provide a foundation for deeper critique, focus and define boundaries of interest, and provide support for locating a study in the broader literature. Yet, theory is not always easily identified, selected or applied. For example, using theory requires the HPE researcher to have a deep understanding of their research phenomenon, their own values and orientation to research, and the broader literature (e.g., education, sociology and psychology). Additionally, it is important for researchers to provide a clear and persuasive rationale for the choice of theory.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 2020
    EventAustralian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators : ANZAHPE 2020 Vision for Learning Cultures Conference - Online
    Duration: 12 Jul 202015 Jul 2020


    ConferenceAustralian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators 


    • HPE literature
    • HPE research
    • Health professions education (HPE)
    • theory
    • research theories


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