How to Conduct a Good Meta-Analysis in Gifted Education

Saiying Steenbergen-Hu*, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

*Corresponding author for this work

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This methodological brief introduces basic procedures and issues for conducting a high-quality meta-analysis in gifted education. Specifically, we discuss issues such as how to select a topic and formulate research problems, search for and identify qualified studies, code studies and extract data, choose and calculate effect sizes, analyze data, conduct heterogeneity and moderator analysis, assess publication bias, as well as interpret and report meta-analysis results. We discuss why meta-analysis is needed in gifted education. We also review the history of meta-analyses in gifted education and discuss topics that are conducive to meta-analysis. Furthermore, we provide an overview of the challenges and recent advancements in meta-analysis methodology. Last, we introduce useful resources for further learning of meta-analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-154
Number of pages21
JournalGifted Child Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2016


  • effect size
  • meta-analysis methodology
  • research synthesis
  • systematic reviews

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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