1st Edition

The Meta-Analysis Research in Special Education A Special Issue of Exceptionality

Edited By Kenneth A. Kavale Copyright 2002

    First published in 2001. The purpose of this issue is to demonstrate the advantages of meta-analysis in summarizing research in special education. Toward this end, five articles are included in this issue that deal with methodology, interpretation, and application of meta-analyses. The first article is a brief primer on meta-analysis that compares and contrasts it with more traditional review methods and describes the methodological procedures for conducting a quantitative research synthesis. The second article, summarizes findings from 24 meta-analytic efforts. The third article explores the important issue of face validity: Can we be confident about the findings from meta-analyses? The fourth article examines the controversy surrounding the meta-analysis of single-participant research: What is the best metric? The final paper reviews the process of decision making in special education by showing how meta-analytic findings can provide a comprehensive knowledge base that, combined with wisdom and experience, can be used to decide whether to include particular interventions.

    Volume 9, Number 4, 2001
    K.A. Kavale,
    Message From the Guest Editor. K. A. Kavale, Meta-Analysis: A Primer. S.R. Forness, Special Education and Related Services: What Have We Learned From Meta-Analysis? M.P. Mostert, Characteristics of Meta-Analysis Reported in Mental Retardation, Learning Disabilities, and Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. T.E. Scruggs, M.A. Mastropieri, How to Summarize Single-Subject Research: Ideas and Applications. K.A. Kavale, Decision Making in Special Education: The Function of Meta-Analysis.


    Kenneth A.Kavale