Research Synthesis / Meta-Analysis

MET526NFB Research Synthesis / Meta-Analysis

  • Topics


    This course examines research synthesis and meta-analysis as they are conducted today in the

    behavioral and social sciences. Research synthesis employs primary studies as the units of data and

    arrives at overall descriptions ofa body ofevidence. In this course, the major topics wiII include:

    - common and unique aspects of research questions when conducting primary research and

    research synthesis,

    - ways to ocate research and how research found through different commun~cation

    channels might differ,

    - extracting information from research reports and what to do when needed information is

    not reported,

    - schemes to evaluate the quahty of the studies that go into a research synthesis,

    - quantitative techniques for summarizing research findings across studies,

    - appropriate interpretation of research synthesis findings, and

    - how to prepare reports of research syntheses.

  • Learning outcome

    Learning outcome

    Students wiII have a basic understanding of the conceptual and methodological underpinnings

    needed to conduct a research synthesis and meta-analysis. Students wiII understand how to carry out

    the steps described under the major topics.

  • Teaching


    Intensive classrooms Iectures

  • Required prerequisites

    Required prerequisites

    Knowledge of statistics through multiple regression analysis.

  • Assessment


    Home exam

  • Grading Scale

    Grading Scale

    Grading: Pass / fail

  • Computer tools

    Computer tools


  • Semester



  • Literature


    To be handed out


ECTS Credits
Teaching language
Spring, Autumn

Course responsible

Course responsible: Sigurd V. Troye


Lecturer: Professor Harris Cooper, Duke University