Handbook of Research Synthesis / Edition 1

Handbook of Research Synthesis / Edition 1

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by Harris Cooper
     
 

ISBN-10: 0871542269

ISBN-13: 9780871542267

Pub. Date: 01/28/1994

Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation

The Handbook is a comprehensive treatment of literature synthesis and provides practical advice for anyone deep in the throes of, just teetering on the brink of, or attempting to decipher a meta-analysis. Given the expanding application and importance of literature synthesis, understanding both its strengths and weaknesses is essential for its

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The Handbook is a comprehensive treatment of literature synthesis and provides practical advice for anyone deep in the throes of, just teetering on the brink of, or attempting to decipher a meta-analysis. Given the expanding application and importance of literature synthesis, understanding both its strengths and weaknesses is essential for its practitioners and consumers. This volume is a good beginning for those who wish to gain that understanding.” —Chance

“Meta-analysis, as the statistical analysis of a large collection of results from individual studies is called, has now achieved a status of respectability in medicine. This respectability, when combined with the slight hint of mystique that sometimes surrounds meta-analysis, ensures that results of studies that use it are treated with the respect they deserve….The Handbook of Research Synthesis is one of the most important publications in this subject both as a definitive reference book and a practical manual.”—British Medical Journal

The Handbook of Research Synthesis is the definitive reference and how-to manual for behavioral and medical scientists applying the craft of research synthesis. It draws upon twenty years of ground-breaking advances that have transformed the practice of synthesizing research literature from an art into a scientific process in its own right. Editors Harris Cooper and Larry V. Hedges have brought together leading authorities to guide the reader through every stage of the research synthesis process—problem formulation, literature search and evaluation, statistical integration, and report preparation. The Handbook of Research Synthesis incorporates in a single volume state-of-the-art techniques from all quantitative synthesis traditions, including Bayesian inference and the meta-analytic approaches. Distilling a vast technical literature and many informal sources, the Handbook provides a portfolio of the most effective solutions to problems of quantitative data integration. The Handbook of Research Synthesis also provides a rich treatment of the non-statistical aspects of research synthesis. Topics include searching the literature, managing reference databases and registries, and developing coding schemes. Those engaged in research synthesis will also find useful advice on how tables, graphs, and narration can be deployed to provide the most meaningful communication of the results of research synthesis. The Handbook of Research Synthesis is an illuminating compilation of practical instruction, theory, and problem solving. It provides an accumulation of knowledge about the craft of reviewing a scientific literature that can be found in no other single source. The Handbook offers the reader thorough instruction in the skills necessary to conduct powerful research syntheses meeting the highest standards of objectivity, systematicity, and rigor demanded of scientific enquiry. This definitive work will represent the state of the art in research synthesis for years to come.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871542267
Publisher:
Russell Sage Foundation
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
589
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Contributors
Pt. IIntroduction1
1Research Synthesis as a Scientific Enterprise3
Pt. IIFormulating a Problem for a Research Synthesis15
2Hypotheses and Problems in Research Synthesis17
3Statistical Considerations29
Pt. IIISearching the Literature39
4Scientific Communication and Literature Retrieval41
5Using Reference Databases57
6Research Registers71
7The Fugitive Literature85
Pt. IVEvaluating the Literature95
8Judging Research Quality97
9Identifying Potentially Interesting Variables and Analysis Opportunities111
10Systematic Coding for Research Synthesis125
11Evaluating Coding Decisions139
12Methods for Handling Missing Data in Research Synthesis163
13Managing Meta-Analytic Databases177
Pt. VStatistically Describing and Combining Studies191
14Vote-Counting Procedures in Meta-Analysis193
15Combining Significance Levels215
16Parametric Measures of Effect Size231
17Measures of Effect Size for Categorical Data245
18Combining Estimates of Effect Size261
Pt. VIStatistically Analyzing Effect Sizes283
19Fixed Effects Models285
20Random Effects Models301
21Correcting for Sources of Artificial Variation Across Studies323
Pt. VIISpecial Statistical Issues and Problems337
22Stochastically Dependent Effect Sizes339
23Examining Explanatory Models Through Research Synthesis357
24Sensitivity Analysis and Diagnostics383
25Publication Bias399
26Bayesian Approaches to Research Synthesis411
Pt. VIIIReporting the Results of Research Synthesis423
27The Reporting Format425
28The Visual Presentation and Interpretation of Meta-Analyses439
Pt. IXTying Research Synthesis to Substantive Issues455
29Meta-Analytic Synthesis for Theory Development457
30Using Research Syntheses to Plan Future Research485
Pt. XSummary501
31Threats to the Validity of Research Syntheses503
32Potentials and Limitations of Research Synthesis521
Glossary531
Appendix A: Data Sets543
Appendix B: Tables549
Index553

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The book is very well organized, thorough, well-written and comprehensive!