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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Steady and delayed: explaining the different development of meta-ethnography in health care and education
Author(s): Uny, Isabelle
France, Emma
Noblit, George W
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Keywords: Meta-ethnography
qualitative evidence synthesis
systematic reviewing
qualitative approach
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2017
Citation: Uny I, France E & Noblit GW (2017) Steady and delayed: explaining the different development of meta-ethnography in health care and education. Ethnography and Education, 12 (2), pp. 243-257.
Abstract: Since its inception in the 1980s, the meta-ethnography approach for synthesising qualitative study accounts has been used extensively in health and social care research and to a lesser extent in educational research. The aim of this article is to reflect on the evolution of the method in both fields. It starts by describing the meta-ethnography approach, charts the rise of evidence-based research in health-related research, and explores the growth in the rate of published health-related meta-ethnographies. It proceeds by offering some explanation for the slower growth in the use of meta-ethnography in educational research. It explains this using the history of the early developments of qualitative approaches in Education and their underpinning paradigms. It then discusses key meta-ethnographies conducted in education, comparing those to more recent ones, in terms of methodological development. The article concludes by drawing lessons about how the conduct of meta-ethnography may be improved in any discipline.
DOI Link: 10.1080/17457823.2017.1282320
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