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purposes of a thorough review of the literature
1) delimiting the research problem
2) seeking new lines of inquiry
3) avoiding fruitless approaches
4) gaining methodological insights
5) indentifying recommendations for further research
6) seeking support for grounded theory
primary source
a document that was written by the individuals who actually conducted the research study or who formulated the theory or opinions that are described in the document
CIJE
Current Index to Journals in Education indexes articles in many hundreds of education-related journals (ERIC)
RIE
Reseources in Education indexes various non-journal documents. (ERIC)
citation
all the coded information information that ERIC provides about a particular document
rotated descriptor display
takes each descriptor in the ERIC Thesaurus and shows all other descriptors that share any word in common with it
Pearl building
refers to the process of constructing a new literature search using descriptors obtained from document citations in the current literature search
meta-analysis
a statistical procedure that can be used to search for trends in the magnituted of effects observed in a set of quantititative research studies all involving the same research problem
methods for synthesising quantitative research findings
~ Narrative Review ~
~ Vote Counting ~
~ Chi-Square Method ~
~ Meta-Analysis ~
narrative review
emphasized better-designed studies, organized their results to form a composite picture of the state of knowledge on the problem or topic being reviewd, statistically significant results may have been noted, each study may have been described separetely in a few sentences or a paragraph
vote counting
enables the reviewer to test the statistical significance of this trend of results across studies
chi-square
involves first converting whatever inferential statistics are reported in each study into exact probability values
advantages of meta-analysis
1) it focuses on the magnitude of effect observed in each study
2) provides a metric (effect size) that can be applied to any statistic and any measure
3) allows the reviewer to determine whether certain features of the studies included in the review affected the results that were obtained