What is a theory-practice gap? An exploration of the concept.

Published on Jan 1, 2019in Nurse Education in Practice1.614
· DOI :10.1016/J.NEPR.2018.10.005
Kathleen Greenway3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Oxford Brookes University),
Graham Butt14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Oxford Brookes University),
Helen Walthall9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Oxford Brookes University)
Abstract In nursing literature, the phrase ‘theory-practice gap’ is widely used without common definition or description of its underlying concept. This review paper presents a concept analysis using Rodgers (2000) evolutionary process to define and clarify the concept of the theory-practice gap as part of a doctoral study. In so doing it provides a deeper understanding of the concept to enable its consistent application within nurse education. A theoretical definition is developed, the data search that was undertaken is described and a discussion of the attributes, antecedents and consequences is provided. We conclude by offering, a model case, which is employed to illustrate the concept.
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