A Practical Guide to Modern Methods of Meta-Analysis

Larry V. Hedges, J. A. Shymansky, Larry V. Hedges (Editor)

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A brief narrative description of the journal article, document, or resource. Methods for meta-analysis have evolved dramatically since Gene Glass first proposed the term in 1976. Since that time statistical and nonstatistical aspects of methodology for meta-analysis have been developing at a steady pace. This guide is an attempt to provide a practical introduction to rigorous procedures in the meta-analysis of social science research. It approaches the use of modern statistical methods in meta-analysis from the perspective of a potential user. The treatment is limited to meta-analysis of studies of between-group comparisons using the standardized mean difference as an index of effect magnitude. This guide is organized according to a variant of Cooper's stages of the research review process: (1) problem formulation; (2) data collection and data evaluation, data analysis and interpretation; and (3) presentation of results. Although each stage is discussed, the greatest emphasis is placed on the stage of data analysis and interpretation. Examples from a synthesis of research on the effects of science curricula are used throughout for illustration. Because this book is intended to be a practical guide, the references are provided primarily to exemplify issues or techniques rather than to provide theoretical discussions or derivations. (CW)
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWashington, D.C.
PublisherNational Science Teachers Association
StatePublished - 1989

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