Education has continued to grow in stature and significance as an academic discipline. In addition to world renowned research studies the growth of education has been seen in the methodology and methods underpinning its research. The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research provides a cutting edge account of the research and methodology that is creating new understandings for education research, policy and practice. Over two volumes, the handbook addresses educational research in six essential components: Section 1: Understanding Research Section 2: Planning Research Section 3: Approaches to Research Section 4: Acquiring Data Section 5: Analysing Data Section 6: Reporting, Disseminating and Evaluating Research Featuring contributions from more than 50 of the biggest names in the international field, The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research represents a very significant contribution to the development of education.
Chapter 6: Approaches to Reviewing Research in Education
Approaches to Reviewing Research in Education
The accumulation, organization and synthesis of research-based knowledge are critical components for building knowledge in the field of education and contributing to educational practice. However, to move the field of education forward, reviews require a systematic analytic methodology that is transparent and trustworthy for pulling together existing research. In this chapter, we provide a rationale for why research reviews are so important, and describe what we mean by systematic reviews. We then describe different approaches to conducting systematic reviews of research based on their study methods, including the strengths, limitations, and debates about each approach, ...