ERIC Number: EJ1132349
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1745 -7823
Steady and Delayed: Explaining the Different Development of Meta-Ethnography in Health Care and Education
Uny, I.; France, E. F.; Noblit, G. W.
Ethnography and Education, v12 n2 p243-257 2017
Since its inception in the 1980s, the meta-ethnography approach for synthesising qualitative study accounts has been used extensively in health and social care research and to a lesser extent in educational research. The aim of this article is to reflect on the evolution of the method in both fields. It starts by describing the meta-ethnography approach, charts the rise of evidence-based research in health-related research, and explores the growth in the rate of published health-related meta-ethnographies. It proceeds by offering some explanation for the slower growth in the use of meta-ethnography in educational research. It explains this using the history of the early developments of qualitative approaches in Education and their underpinning paradigms. It then discusses key meta-ethnographies conducted in education, comparing those to more recent ones, in terms of methodological development. The article concludes by drawing lessons about how the conduct of meta-ethnography may be improved in any discipline.
Descriptors: Health Services, Ethnography, Health Education, Evidence, Qualitative Research, Educational Research, Comparative Analysis, Allied Health Occupations, Randomized Controlled Trials
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