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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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A reference and how-to manual guiding behavioral and medical scientists through every stage of the research synthesis process--problem formulation, literature search and evaluation, statistical integration, and report preparation. It incorporates state-of-the-art techniques from all quantitative synthesis traditions, including Bayesian inference and the meta-analytic approaches. Among the statistical issues addressed are the synthesis of multivariate and non-independent data sets, the performance of sensitivity analyses and model assessments, and the problem of missing data. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871542267
  • Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 589
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

HARRIS COOPER is professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University.

LARRY V. HEDGES is Board of Trustees Professor of Statistics and Social Policy, and Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University.

CONTRIBUTORS: Pam M. Baxter, Betsy Jane Becker, Colin B.Begg, Brad J.Bushman, Thomas D.Cook, Harris Cooper, Kay Dickersin, Alice H.Eagly, Joseph L. Fleiss, Leon J. Gleser, Joel B.Greenhouse, C. Keith Haddock, Judith A.Hall, Katherine Taylor Halvorsen, Larry V. Hedges, John E. Hunter, SatishIyengar, Richard J.Light, Mark W. Lipsey, Thomas A. Louis, Georg E. Matt, Norman Miller, Frederick Mosteller, Ingram Olkin, Robert G. Orwin, Therese D. Pigott, Vicki E. Pollock, Stephen W. Raudenbush, Jeffrey G. Reed, MaryLu C. Rosenthal, Robert Rosenthal, Frank L. Schmidt, Christine M. Schram, William R. Shadish, Judith D.Singer, William A. Stock, Linda Tickle-Degnen, Howard D. White, John B. Willett, Wendy Wood, George Woodworth, Paul M. Wortman, and Daniel Zelterman.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction 1
1 Research Synthesis as a Scientific Enterprise 3
Pt. II Formulating a Problem for a Research Synthesis 15
2 Hypotheses and Problems in Research Synthesis 17
3 Statistical Considerations 29
Pt. III Searching the Literature 39
4 Scientific Communication and Literature Retrieval 41
5 Using Reference Databases 57
6 Research Registers 71
7 The Fugitive Literature 85
Pt. IV Evaluating the Literature 95
8 Judging Research Quality 97
9 Identifying Potentially Interesting Variables and Analysis Opportunities 111
10 Systematic Coding for Research Synthesis 125
11 Evaluating Coding Decisions 139
12 Methods for Handling Missing Data in Research Synthesis 163
13 Managing Meta-Analytic Databases 177
Pt. V Statistically Describing and Combining Studies 191
14 Vote-Counting Procedures in Meta-Analysis 193
15 Combining Significance Levels 215
16 Parametric Measures of Effect Size 231
17 Measures of Effect Size for Categorical Data 245
18 Combining Estimates of Effect Size 261
Pt. VI Statistically Analyzing Effect Sizes 283
19 Fixed Effects Models 285
20 Random Effects Models 301
21 Correcting for Sources of Artificial Variation Across Studies 323
Pt. VII Special Statistical Issues and Problems 337
22 Stochastically Dependent Effect Sizes 339
23 Examining Explanatory Models Through Research Synthesis 357
24 Sensitivity Analysis and Diagnostics 383
25 Publication Bias 399
26 Bayesian Approaches to Research Synthesis 411
Pt. VIII Reporting the Results of Research Synthesis 423
27 The Reporting Format 425
28 The Visual Presentation and Interpretation of Meta-Analyses 439
Pt. IX Tying Research Synthesis to Substantive Issues 455
29 Meta-Analytic Synthesis for Theory Development 457
30 Using Research Syntheses to Plan Future Research 485
Pt. X Summary 501
31 Threats to the Validity of Research Syntheses 503
32 Potentials and Limitations of Research Synthesis 521
Glossary 531
Appendix A: Data Sets 543
Appendix B: Tables 549
Index 553
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