June 5th, 2009

What Makes That Analysis So Meta?

While looking for quantitative studies, you may have come across the meta-analysis. At first glance it may remind you of a literature review article, since it looks at so many different studies in a single area. But it’s actually a bit more precise than that.

A meta-analysis lets the researcher compile the results from multiple quantitative research studies on a specific topic. The compiled studies will have a few differences from each other, are are typically done by a number of different researchers.

Many research studies are small, and may give conflicting results, so the meta-analysis provides an opportunity to find more significant results that give a clearer picture of what’s really going on.

Curious to see what one looks like? Why not try the following from the Capella Library:

A Meta-Analysis of the Five Factor Model of Personality and Academic Performance by Arthur Poropat.

You can see the literature review, the methods, and the results of the study. And perhaps it may give you insight into your own academic achievement . . .

– Erin


Comment from MeLinda Swigart
Time June 13, 2009 at 7:51 pm

This is excellent! I would love to see more articles and examples like this on various research typ

Comment from Sommer
Time June 23, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Thank you for your feedback, MeLinda! It’s helpful for us to know what you’re finding helpful and interesting.


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