How Can Meta-Analyses Guide Practice? A Review of the Learning Disability Research Base

William J. Therrien, Maliha Zaman, Devender R. Banda

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Abstract

Meta-analysis is considered an acceptable method to evaluate research studies for evidence-based practices. The purpose of this review is to examine the applicability of using meta-analyses in the learning disability field to guide classroom practice. The authors evaluated 15 learning disability meta-analyses in three domains: large-scale analyses, academic, and social. Results indicate that although meta-analyses provide strong support for general components of effective instruction, they are unable to provide definitive answers for practitioners looking for concrete suggestions of what evidence-based practices to implement in their classrooms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-218
Number of pages13
JournalRemedial and Special Education
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2011

Keywords

  • evidence-based practices
  • learning disabilities
  • meta-analysis

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