Reflections on the Methodological Approach of Systematic Reviews

Hammersley, Martyn (2020). Reflections on the Methodological Approach of Systematic Reviews. In: Zawacki-Richter, Olaf; Kerres, Michael; Bedenlier, Svenja; Bond, Melissa and Buntins, Katja eds. Systematic Reviews in Educational Research: Methodology, Perspectives and Application. Wiesbaden, Germany: Springer VS, pp. 23–39.



The concept of systematic reviewing of research literatures became influential in the second half of the 20th century, in the context of the longstanding, and challenging, issue of how to ‘translate’ research findings into reliable guidance for practical decision-making—to determine which policies, programs, and strategies should (and should not) be adopted (Hammersley 2014; Nisbet and Broadfoot 1980).

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