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The paper reviews many objections to meta-analysis, both in principle, and in particular, as practiced by its originators. Particular attention is given to the most widely cited application of meta-analysis: to the facts of psychotherapy. It is suggested that the claims to inclusiveness and...
The paper discusses problems resulting from the substitution of meta-analysis for qualitative reviewing of special education research, employing Cooper's (1982) framework for assessing integrative research reviews and using illustrations from research on class placement and mainstreaming. The...
A recent development is the use of meta-analysis to integrate research in the special education literature. The usefulness of research integration, in general, is limited by the field's weak empirical orientation and by the skewed distribution of published findings. Nonetheless, the authors...
The author discusses the advantages of meta-analysis for research in special education. The need for research synthesis is explored as well as the benefits of meta-analysis, particularly those related to understanding and explanation. The problems with traditional review methods are discussed,...
In this introduction to the application of meta-analysis as a quantitative synthesis technique, several alternative approaches to research synthesis are described. Their advantages and disadvantages, as compared to those of the technique of meta-analysis, are discussed. Decisions that must be...
In its short history meta-analysis has been the object of both high praise and pointed criticism. This paper explores the conceptual bases of the controversy. Meta-analytic and traditional research reviews are compared on 4 dimensions: scientific rigor, detecting small effects, problems of...
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