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ERIC Number: ED437866
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-20
Pages: 26
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Meta-Synthesis. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Bair, Carolyn Richert
This study describes the use of meta-synthesis to review a large body of research literature and systematically synthesize the findings in an effort to develop a more informed understanding of a particular area of interest. Sections of the paper review similarities and differences among meta-analysis, meta-ethnography, and meta-synthesis; review a number of prior studies which integrated both quantitative and qualitative research; discuss significant factors to be considered in a meta synthesis approach to inquiry; review sample selection and data collection; analyze the data and test it for validity; note research used and the time frame of the study; and list the five different types of research studies--quantitative descriptive research, correlational research, criterion group research, experimental/quasi-experimental research, and qualitative research--selected for this meta-synthesis. The paper concludes that this approach can provide new information, understandings, interpretations, and meanings useful for faculty, researchers, and policymakers. (Contains 30 references.) (CH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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