Practical Meta-analysiseBook - 2001
What research designs and methodological features qualify a study for meta-analysis and which disqualify it? What types of research reports are appropriate for the meta-analysis? What is the cultural and linguistic range of the studies to be included? By integrating and translating the current methodological and statistical work into a practical guide, the authors address these questions to provide readers with a state-of-the-art introduction to the various approaches to doing meta-analysis.
Lipsey (public policy, Vanderbilt U.) and Wilson (criminology and criminal justice, U. of Maryland) describe a form of survey research in which research reports rather than people are surveyed. They explain the strengths and weaknesses of the technique and how to select relevant research studies, to code their various characteristics and quantitative findings, and to analyze and describe their collective results in a valid and useful manner. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)