ERIC Number: ED495441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Evaluating and Interpreting Research Syntheses in Adult Learning and Literacy. NCSALL Occasional Paper
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)
This occasional paper introduces the methods of research synthesis and meta-analysis to researchers and consumers of research in the field of adult learning and literacy. To begin, the first section of the paper defines key terms and offers a brief history of how the methodologies developed. The second section provides a conceptualization of research synthesis that views it no differently from other research endeavors in the social sciences. Then, the tasks of research synthesis are presented in more detail within the context of a hypothetical example drawn from the literature on adult learning and literacy. (Contains 1 figure and 5 tables.)
Descriptors: Social Sciences, Adult Learning, Synthesis, Research Methodology, Meta Analysis, Expository Writing, Research Design, Literacy Education, Evaluation Research, Methods Research, Intellectual History, Concept Formation, Holistic Approach
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL). 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210. Tel: 617-482-9485; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.ncsall.net
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, Boston, MA.