MET526NFB Research Synthesis / Meta-Analysis
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
- 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
- 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.
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.
Intensive classrooms Iectures
Knowledge of statistics through multiple regression analysis.
Grading: Pass / fail
To be handed out
- ECTS Credits
- Teaching language
- Spring, Autumn
Course responsible: Sigurd V. Troye
Lecturer: Professor Harris Cooper, Duke University