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ERIC Number: EJ950691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1053-8151
Understanding Qualitative Metasynthesis: Issues and Opportunities in Early Childhood Intervention Research
Erwin, Elizabeth J.; Brotherson, Mary Jane; Summers, Jean Ann
Journal of Early Intervention, v33 n3 p186-200 Sep 2011
Qualitative metasynthesis is an intentional and coherent approach to analyzing data across qualitative studies. It is a process that enables researchers to identify a specific research question and then search for, select, appraise, summarize, and combine qualitative evidence to address the research question. This process uses rigorous qualitative methods to synthesize existing qualitative studies to construct greater meaning through an interpretative process. The purpose of this article is to describe qualitative metasynthesis as an innovative research approach for the field of early childhood intervention. Although this is not a new research approach in other fields, the authors suggest that it can offer a promising practice in the field of early childhood intervention. In this article, the authors explore how qualitative metasynthesis can be a practical and effective approach of inquiry as they continue to broaden their understanding about young children with disabilities and their families. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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