Evaluating and Interpreting Research Syntheses in Adult Learning and Literacy
This occasional paper introduces the methods of research synthesis and meta-analysis to researchers and consumers of research in the field of adult learning and literacy. To begin, the first section of the paper defines key terms and offers a brief history of how the methodologies developed. The second section provides a conceptualization of research synthesis that views it no differently from other research endeavors in the social sciences. Then, the tasks of research synthesis are presented in more detail within the context of a hypothetical example drawn from the literature on adult learning and literacy. (Contains 1 figure and 5 tables.)
CitationCooper, HM (2007). Evaluating and Interpreting Research Syntheses in Adult Learning and Literacy. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/14939.
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Hugo L. Blomquist Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience
Harris Cooper received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1975. From 1977 to 2003, he was on the faculty at the University of Missouri. In 2003, he moved to Duke University where he is now Hugo L. Blomquist Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience. Dr. Cooper has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, the University of Oregon, and the Russell Sage Fou