Applied Meta-Analysis for Social Science Research by Noel A. Card PhD

By Noel A. Card PhD

 Offering pragmatic suggestions for making plans and carrying out a meta-analytic assessment, this ebook is written in an interesting, nontechnical variety that makes it perfect for graduate direction use or self-study. the writer indicates how one can establish questions that may be replied utilizing meta-analysis, retrieve either released and unpublished experiences, create a coding handbook, use conventional and exact impression measurement indices, and write a meta-analytic overview. An ongoing instance illustrates meta-analytic thoughts. as well as the basics, the booklet discusses extra complex subject matters, similar to artifact correction, random- and mixed-effects versions, structural equation representations, and multivariate tactics. basic positive aspects contain annotated equations; discussions of different methods; and "Practical concerns" sections that supply suggestion on subject matters infrequently mentioned in different books, akin to linking meta-analytic effects with thought and the software of meta-analysis software program programs. 

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Instead, I briefly note that this is indeed a threat to meta-­analysis, as it is to any literature review. Fortunately, meta­analyses typically use systematic and thorough methods of obtaining studies (Chapter 3) that minimize this threat, and meta-­analytic techniques for detecting and potentially correcting for this bias exist (Chapter 11). 5 Garbage In, Garbage Out The critique of “garbage in, garbage out” is that the meta-­analysis of poor quality primary studies only results in conclusions of poor quality.

Let me make one point clear: My first practical suggestion to beginning meta-­analysts is to be extremely organized throughout the process. Some examples of this organization, which I expand upon throughout this book, are to keep detailed records of literature searches, to have a well-­organized system for keeping copies of studies evaluated for the meta-­analysis, and—if working with a team of researchers—to ensure that all individuals are following the same system of organizing, coding, and the like.

Although these goals are not central to meta-­analysis itself, a good presentation of meta-­analytic results will usually inform these issues. After reading all of the literature for a meta-­analysis, you certainly should be in a position to offer informed opinions on these issues. Considering the goal of integration, meta-­analyses follow one of two1 general approaches: combining and comparing studies. Combining studies involves using the effect sizes from primary studies to collectively estimate a typical effect size, or range of effect sizes.

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