A review of reviews: structure and function in reviews of educational research

Foster, Peter and Hammersley, Martyn (1998). A review of reviews: structure and function in reviews of educational research. British Educational Research Journal, 24(5) pp. 609–628.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0141192980240508

Abstract

Reviews are one of the main means by which the findings of educational research are communicated to audiences outside the research community. In this article, we look at some aspects of the production of reviews in the light of this function. Attention is given to issues relating to the initiation of reviews, the definition of the field to be covered, the coverage and treatment of relevant research, and the drawing of conclusions. The discussion is illustrated by reference to some recent examples of reviews of educational research.

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