Why reading research reviews is a balancing act

These handy summaries of multiple studies are perfect for time-pressed teachers – but it is important to know how to interpret them, writes Christian Bokhove

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In the new age of research-informed practice, review articles will be popular among time-pressed teachers because they give a concise overview of a topic. However, it is useful to analyse how these articles actually work so that you can read them in an informed way.

The first thing to look out for in a review article is what research questions are being explored. Even a slight change in research question can have large consequences for the conclusion. So make sure you know what is being reviewed.

Another thing to consider is which search methodology has been used. Most reviews use a ...

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