Slavin, Robert E., "Best-Evidence Synthesis: An Alternative to Meta-Analytic and Traditional Reviews," Educational Researcher, 15(November, 1986), 5-11.


Describes several principles for establishing a priori criteria for inclusion of studies in this alternative approach to research synthesis (germaneness, methodological adequacy, valuing both external and internal validity, noting examples of excluded studies); discusses computation and pooling of effect sizes; gives an example of formats for presenting best-evidence syntheses.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Inquiry Guidelines

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Integrative Inquiry, Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay, Philosophical Inquiry-Ampliative Criticism

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Knowledge Generation


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