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On 'Systematic' Reviews of Research Literatures: A 'Narrative' Response to Evans & Benefield

Martyn Hammersley
British Educational Research Journal
Vol. 27, No. 5 (Dec., 2001), pp. 543-554
Published by: Wiley on behalf of BERA
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1501950
Page Count: 12
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On 'Systematic' Reviews of Research Literatures: A 'Narrative' Response to Evans & Benefield
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Abstract

The production of 'systematic' reviews of research findings has recently come to be treated as a priority in the field of education, and other areas too. Such reviews are believed to play an important role in making evidence from research available in a usable form to policy-makers and practitioners. This article examines the assumptions about research, and about the task of reviewing, which are built into the concept of systematic review. In addition, attention is given to the likely consequences of the priority now being given to this type of review.

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