Cooper, Harris, and Larry V. Hedges,"Research Synthesis as a Scientific Process," pp. 3-16 in Harris Cooper, Larry V. Hedges, and Jeffrey C. Valentine, eds., The Handbook of Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis, 2nd ed. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2009.


Presents an overview of a form of research known as research synthesis, outlines six stages of doing this kind of research, and introduces the chapters of the Handbook that follow.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Inquiry Guidelines

Source Discipline

Field other than Education

Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Integrative Inquiry

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Knowledge Generation


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