Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis: A Step-by-Step Approach

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SAGE Publications, 2010 - Social Science - 269 pages

Offering practical advice on how to conduct a synthesis of research in the social, behavioral, and medical sciences, the Foruth Edition of Harris Cooper bestselling textis invaluable to both first-time literature reviewers and experts looking for lucid discussions of complex issues. Reorganized and revised throughout, this textis written in plain language with numerous examples. Each chapter concludes with exercises for use as class projects.

Key Features

Presents an updated version of Cooper s easy-to-follow seven-step research synthesis processHighlights the critical questions to ask about synthesis methodology at each step and the identification of best practices Contains two new chapters, Gathering Information From Studies (Chapter 4) and Interpreting the Evidence (Chapter 7), giving expanded treatments on gathering information from studies and interpreting the evidence from a research synthesisProvides completely updated material on techniques for searching the literature, with an emphasis on new technologies and the InternetIncludes a discussion of recent advances and issues in statistical techniques for meta-analysesOffers new standards for reporting meta-analyses resultsIncorporates new research syntheses drawn from the fields of education, social/developmental psychology, and health throughout the book

Intended Audience

This text is appropriate for use in upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in Intermediate/Advanced Research Methods, Applied Research Methods, and Intermediate/Advanced Quantitative Research offered in departments of psychology, education, public policy, social work, nursing, and other social science disciplines."

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Literature Review or Overview of theories and methods has been a key cornerstone for required courses of Ph.D. program. I like to suggest Harris Cooper's two books for our PhD students in a course called Advanced Management Theory.....INK4tw

About the author (2010)

Harris Cooper is Hugo L. Blomquist professor for psychology and neuroscience at Duke University. In 2007, he received the Contributions to Research Synthesis Methodology Award from the International Campbell Collaboration. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology. He has been the editor of Psychological Bulletin and Archives of Scientific Psychology. From 2009 to 2015, he was the Chief Editorial Advisor to the American Psychological Association’s journal publishing program. His substantive interests include application of social and developmental psychology to education policy.

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