ERIC Number: EJ1132812
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Overviews in Education Research: A Systematic Review and Analysis
Polanin, Joshua R.; Maynard, Brandy R.; Dell, Nathaniel A.
Review of Educational Research, v87 n1 p172-203 Feb 2017
Overviews, or syntheses of research syntheses, have become a popular approach to synthesizing the rapidly expanding body of research and systematic reviews. Despite their popularity, few guidelines exist and the state of the field in education is unclear. The purpose of this study is to describe the prevalence and current state of overviews of education research and to provide further guidance for conducting overviews and advance the evolution of overview methods. A comprehensive search across multiple online databases and gray literature repositories yielded 25 total education-related overviews. Our analysis revealed that many commonly reported aspects of systematic reviews, such as the search, screen, and coding procedures, were regularly unreported. Only a handful of overview authors discussed the synthesis technique and few authors acknowledged the overlap of included systematic reviews. Suggestions and preliminary guidelines for improving the rigor and utility of overviews are provided.
Descriptors: Educational Research, Literature Reviews, Meta Analysis, Synthesis, Electronic Publishing, Electronic Libraries, Research Methodology, Citation Analysis, Trend Analysis, Longitudinal Studies, Research Design, Evaluation Criteria
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Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
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