Advancements in research synthesis methods: From a methodologically inclusive perspective

Suri, Harsh and Clarke, David 2009, Advancements in research synthesis methods: From a methodologically inclusive perspective, Review of educational research, vol. 79, no. 1, Spring, pp. 395-430, doi: 10.3102/0034654308326349.

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Title Advancements in research synthesis methods: From a methodologically inclusive perspective
Author(s) Suri, HarshORCID iD for Suri, Harsh
Clarke, David
Journal name Review of educational research
Volume number 79
Issue number 1
Season Spring
Start page 395
End page 430
Total pages 36
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2009-03
ISSN 1935-1046
Keyword(s) qualitative research
research methodology
research utilization
research synthesis
Summary The dominant literature on research synthesis methods has positivist and neo-positivist origins. In recent years, the landscape of research synthesis methods has changed rapidly to become inclusive. This article highlights methodologically inclusive advancements in research synthesis methods. Attention is drawn to insights from interpretive, critical, and participatory traditions for enhancing trustworthiness, utility, and/or emancipatory potential for research syntheses. Also noted is a paucity of the literature that builds connections between methodologically diverse segments of the literature on research synthesis methods. Salient features of a methodologically inclusive research synthesis (MIRS) framework are described. The MIRS framework has been conceptualized by distilling and synthesizing ideas, theories, and strategies from the extensive literatures on research synthesis methods and primary research methods. Rather than prescribe how a research synthesis should be conducted or evaluated, this article attempts to open spaces, raise questions, explore possibilities, and contest taken-for-granted practices.
Language eng
DOI 10.3102/0034654308326349
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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