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ERIC Number: EJ797165
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 28
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0973
Deficiencies of Reporting in Meta-Analyses and Some Remedies
Harwell, Michael; Maeda, Yukiko
Journal of Experimental Education, v76 n4 p403-430 Sum 2008
There is general agreement that meta-analysis is an important tool for synthesizing study results in quantitative educational research. Yet, a shared feature of many meta-analyses is a failure to report sufficient information for readers to fully judge the reported findings, such as the populations to which generalizations are to be made, inclusion and exclusion criteria for studies, the rationale underlying coded variables, including their scaling, relationship to study goals, and the sensitivity of conclusions to the chosen methodology. The authors provide (a) evidence of the prevalence of deficiencies of reporting and (b) suggestions about the kind of information that meta-analysts should typically provide. Providing readers with that information should significantly improve readers' ability to evaluate the credibility of a meta-analysis. (Contains 1 table.)
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Language: English
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