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ERIC Number: ED041359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 23
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Using the Work of Others: Some Observations on Reviewing and Integrating.
Feldman, Kenneth A.
Systematically reviewing and integrating the literature of a field of study may be considered a type of research using a particular set of research techniques and methods. The works of other writers comprise the integrator's raw data. Using bibliographies and reviews, he must locate all references that seem relevant to a given topic. Special problems include determining what material to integrate, devising ways of comparing diverse studies, resolving difficulties arising as a result of missing data, and reporting analyses well. An integration of literature and studies in a particular field serves as a compendium of research, compiling previously dispersed information, abstracting existing research, and providing bibliographic listings of research and theory. Such an integration also simulates replication by comparing similar studies. Additionally, it generates propositions, provides for extended statistical analysis of completed studies, and clarifies conflicts between schools of thought. The author's comments are supported by references from the field of educational sociology. (JK)
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