ERIC Number: ED208003
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Aug-15
Reference Count: N/A
Integration of Research Studies: Meta-Analysis of Research. Methods of Integrative Analysis; Final Report.
Glass, Gene V.; And Others
Integrative analysis, or what is coming to be known as meta-analysis, is the integration of the findings of many empirical research studies of a topic. Meta-analysis differs from traditional narrative forms of research reviewing in that it is more quantitative and statistical. Thus, the methods of meta-analysis are merely statistical methods, suitably adapted in many instances, that are applicable to the job of integrating findings from many studies. A meta-analysis involves about a half-dozen steps: (1) defining the problem, (2) finding the research studies, (3) coding the study characteristics. The thinking and research reported here is recorded in roughly the same order. The report encompasses general background on the approach, and the results of some original research on approach taken in a meta-analysis, numerous illustrations of the approach, and the results of some original research on characteristics, (4) measuring the study findings on a common scale, and (5) analyzing the aggregation of findings and their relationship to the characteristics. The thinking can be read in at least three ways: as a textbook of methods of integrative analysis, as a record of some new ideas about integrative analysis, or as an apologia for meta-analysis. (Author/BW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Boulder. Lab. of Educational Research.