Meta Analysis

Instructor: Victor Willson
Professor, Texas A&M University
Phone: (979) 845-1394
Course Time: May 18 [1:30 to 5:30 pm]
Course Location: Harrington Education Center Tower (EDCT), Room 632

This four-hour short course will review basic methods for meta-analysis of research. Topics will include:

  1. Problem finding and selection;
  2. Literature search procedures using electronic and branching library searches;
  3. Search limitation strategies;
  4. Development of variables and coding menus as an interactive process;
  5. Basic computation and descriptive procedures;
  6. Homogeneity analysis using HLM and Q-statistics;
  7. Covariation of effects with categorical and interval study variables;
  8. Special topics:
  • missing data,
  • multilevel models, and
  • aggregating findings from previous meta-analyses.

Examples from the presenter's recent meta-analyses will be presented and discussed.


Meta Analysis Handbook Cooper, H., Hedges, L.V., & Valentine, J.C. (2009). The Handbook of research synthesis and meta-analysis. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Lipsey, Wilson book Lipsey, M. W., & Wilson, D. B.. (2001). Practical Meta-Analysis (Applied Social Research Methods Series Volume 49). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.