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On ‘Systematic’ Reviews of Research Literatures: A ‘narrative’ response to Evans & Benefield

British Educational Research Journal

Author: Hammersley, Martyn
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2001


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.

Further Details

Full Title: British Educational Research Journal
Pages: 543-554
Volume: 27
Issue: 5
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISBN/ISSN: 1469-3518
Electronic Resource Number: 10.1080/01411920120095726
Reads: 96