Meta-Analysis or Systematic Review: Getting Your Dissertation Topic Approved, Grants Funded and Articles Accepted
Tuesday, June 26 2:15 PM-3:15 PM
Presider:Sandra Williamson-Leadley, University of Otago College of Education, New Zealand
All too often, the requirement for a meta-analysis or systematic review stand between you and the next major step in your career, whether it be starting your dissertation, publishing those first few articles or getting grant funding for further research. Sometimes one serves the purpose better, sometimes the other, but how can you tell which is appropriate? This session offers practical procedures for analyzing topics using criteria from Oxford University for meta-analyses and The American Psychological Association for systematic reviews. It then proposes steps for constructing each, including ways to avoid the most common bias errors. After exploring situations when a combination of the two can produce the most powerful results, the session concludes with an opportunity for participants to explore the optimal format for their own projects and trouble-shoot possible weaknesses. The target audience to graduate students, faculty advisors, early career researchers, junior faculty, grant writers and laboratory administrators.