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Concept analysis: Some limitations and possible solutions

A. Botes
Curationis | Vol 25, No 3 | a779 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v25i3.779 | © 2002 A. Botes | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 2002 | Published: 27 September 2002

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A. Botes, Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa

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Abstract

Concepts are the basic building blocks of scientific knowledge or theoretical frameworks for any discipline. The strength of the theories that guide a discipline is dependent on the quality of the concept analysis. Thus, the utilisation of poorly understood concepts in research and theory development will result in questionable reliability and validity. Concept analysis is associated with the research design of philosophical inquiry. The purpose of philosophical inquiry is to perform research using intellectual analysis to clarify meaning. Traditionally, no empirical (qualitative or quantitative) investigations were used to clarify the meaning of concepts. The lack of empirical investigation to clarify concepts, results in certain limitations in the methodology of concept analysis.

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