By Noel A. Card PhD
Offering pragmatic suggestions for making plans and engaging in a meta-analytic overview, this ebook is written in an enticing, nontechnical type that makes it excellent for graduate direction use or self-study. the writer indicates tips on how to determine questions that may be replied utilizing meta-analysis, retrieve either released and unpublished experiences, create a coding guide, use conventional and designated impression dimension indices, and write a meta-analytic evaluate. An ongoing instance illustrates meta-analytic options. as well as the basics, the ebook discusses extra complex issues, equivalent to artifact correction, random- and mixed-effects versions, structural equation representations, and multivariate tactics. trouble-free gains comprise annotated equations; discussions of other methods; and "Practical concerns" sections that supply recommendation on themes hardly ever mentioned in different books, reminiscent of linking meta-analytic effects with concept and the application of meta-analysis software program programs.
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In sum, there is substantial advantage to conducting primary research using both qualitative and quantitative analyses, or a combination of both. Extending this value of qualitative and quantitative analyses in primary research to the process of research synthesis, I do not see careful, nuanced consideration of the literature and meta-analytic techniques to be mutually exclusive processes. Instead, I recommend that you rely on the advantages of meta-analysis in synthesizing vast amounts of information and aiding in drawing probabilistic inferential conclusions, but also using your knowledge Questions That Can and Cannot Be Answered through Meta-Analysis 25 of your field where these quantitative analyses fall short.
1994). Hypotheses and problems in research synthesis. In H. Cooper & L. V. ), The handbook of research synthesis (pp. 17–28). —This chapter provides a brief overview of some of the critical considerations in formulating problems for a meta-analytic review. Pan, M. L. (2008). ). —This very accessible and brief book provides pragmatic advice for students preparing a literature review. Chapter 2 describes ways to identify potential topics for review. The book as a whole is probably most useful for undergraduate or early graduate students.
4. , Cooper, 1998, 2009a) recommend limiting the use of the term “meta-analysis” to the statistical analysis of results from multiple studies. They suggest using terms such as “systematic review” or “research synthesis” to refer to the broader process of searching the literature, evaluating studies, and so on. Although I appreciate the importance of emphasizing the entire research synthesis process by using a broader term, the term “meta-analysis” is less cumbersome and more recognizable to most potential readers of the review.
Applied Meta-Analysis for Social Science Research by Noel A. Card PhD