Designed to provide researchers clear and informative insight into techniques of meta-analysis, the Third Edition of Methods of Meta-Analysis: Correcting Error and Bias in Research Findings is the most comprehensive text on meta-analysis available today. It is the only book that presents a full and usable treatment of the role of study artifacts in distorting study results, as well as methods for correcting results for such biases and errors.
Chapter 1: Integrating Research Findings across Studies
Integrating Research Findings across Studies
Before we delve into a discussion of methods, we would like to consider a concrete example. The next section presents a set of studies to be reviewed, then a sample narrative review, followed by a critique of this review. It has been our experience that personal experience with the problems of such a review greatly enhances the learning process.
General Problem and an Example
A major task in all areas of science is the development of theory. In many cases, the theorists have available the results of a number of previous studies on the subject of interest. Their first task is to find out what empirical relationships have been revealed in these studies so they can take them into account in ...