- Mark W. Lipsey - Vanderbilt University, USA
- David B. Wilson - George Mason University, Australia, George Mason University, USA1
Applied Social Research Methods
Meta-Analysis | Research Methods for Criminology & Criminal Justice | Social Research Methods
"A book that describes the steps involved in a meta-analysis in an easy-to-understand format (not just as a cookbook recipe) will be a useful addition to the literature. Practical Meta-Analysis aptly fills this niche."
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Excellent details and very easy to follow.
In my course (Advanced statistical methods: Meta-analysis) we are not only reading and discussing particular meta-analyses and methodological issues but we're also conducting a meta-analysis on our own. This book shows the relevant practical steps; how to make a literature search, how to code studies, how to analyze the data, how to interpret the results etc. One author (David Wilson) has developed macros for SPSS, which are used by many researches conducting a meta-analysis. He also developed an online calculator for effect sizes, which is a useful tool for students and scientists. Clearly, he is a good source of information in the field of meta-analysis. The only problem I had with this book was its publication date (2001). Some new estimation methods were developed in the last few years, which obviously couldn't be described in this book (bayesian approach, new packages in R etc.).
Lipsey & Wilson offer a comprehensive and detailed explanation of the different ingredients implicated in Meta-Analysis. The book is written in a very friendly pedagogical style.
The book gives essential information about how to conduct meta-analysis in a comprehensive way. It covers all necessary aspects. I used it as additional literature as I expect it to be too detailed in an introductory course for undergraduate students.
A very useful text for those interested in knowing more on the new developments of applied statistics. The authors explain key concepts of meta-analysis in a comprehensive way and provide the reader with a clear guide to carry out meta-analysis and interpret results. I have found appendices, macros and examples very useful.
I decided not to use the book in my class, but bought it as a personal reference and to augment the text that will be used in the class
Did not cover e content in enough detail to justify cost
Practical meta-analysis consists of eight chapters which introduce the reader to the steps involved in carrying out a meta-analysis and is suitable for anyone undertaking a quantitative systematic approach to retrieving, coding and analysing the results of quantitative research reports. This book covers the suitability of meta-analysis in terms of when and where to use a meta-analysis, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of conducting a meta-analysis. The text also discusses the importance of developing problem specifications and issues associated with study retrieval, as well as identifying, locating and retrieving research reports and selecting, computing, and coding the effect size statistic. This is essential reading for researchers new to undertaking a quantitative meta-analysis as the book is well written and laid out in terms of its structure for undergraduate and postgraduate students seeking a small compact practical guide for undertaking social science literature research. Status: Essential reading.