Nov 2 2018

Breakfast seminar November 16th: Systematic reviews in Education

What can we learn from systematic reviews? What role does this play in educational research and policy design and what are the advantages and disadvantages of using different types of knowledge insights?

Place: NIFU, Tøyen, Økernveien 9
Time: November 16th 2018, 08.15-10.00

An important role and aim of systematic reviews and syntheses of research is to bring together the best evidence. A systematic review provides information about what is known in the literature, i.e., the empirical evidence to date, and what is less known about a certain phenomenon. The latter may be due to a lack of evidence or to poor quality among existing evidence. Thus, conducting a review is a good way to obtain a more comprehensive picture of a certain phenomenon than a single study because the review includes results from many studies. The results from a systematic review provide more rigorous evidence than those from a single study if the procedures for the review are transparent and the criteria for the inclusion and exclusion of studies are made explicit and followed.

There are several forms of systematic reviews and ways of conducting and synthesizing the results. In this breakfast seminar we will present different forms of systematic reviews by giving examples and talk about both the benefits and limitations of these to inform further research and policy-making.


 Welcome and Introduction
Sabine Wollscheid, NIFU

Learning from research: the role of systematic reviews in education
Janice Tripney, University College London

Meta-analyses in education
Hanne Næss Hjetland and Kristin Rogde, NIFU

Rapid Reviews in policy-making and research: pro’s and con’s
Sabine Wollscheid, NIFU



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