MacLure, Maggie, "'Clarity Bordering on Stupidity': Where's the Quality in Systemic Review," Journal of Educational Policy, 20(No. 4, 2005), 393-416. Reprinted pp. 45-70 in Bridget Somekh and Thomas A. Schwandt, eds., Knowledge Production: Research Work in Interesting Times. New York: Routledge, 2007.


Maggie MacLure


Critiques the approach to doing research reviews labeled "systematic review" that ignores nuanced reading, writing, and interpretation of all studies on a given topic and that resorts to narrow protocols of government defined "evidenced-based research."

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Inquiry Guidelines

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Philosophical Inquiry-Ampliative Criticism, Integrative Inquiry

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Knowledge Generation


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