Understanding qualitative metasynthesis: Issues and opportunities in early childhood intervention research

Elizabeth J. Erwin, Mary Jane Brotherson, Jean Ann Summers

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Abstract

Qualitative metasynthesis is an intentional and coherent approach to analyzing data across qualitative studies. It is a process that enables researchers to identify a specific research question and then search for, select, appraise, summarize, and combine qualitative evidence to address the research question. This process uses rigorous qualitative methods to synthesize existing qualitative studies to construct greater meaning through an interpretative process. The purpose of this article is to describe qualitative metasynthesis as an innovative research approach for the field of early childhood intervention. Although this is not a new research approach in other fields, the authors suggest that it can offer a promising practice in the field of early childhood intervention. In this article, the authors explore how qualitative metasynthesis can be a practical and effective approach of inquiry as they continue to broaden their understanding about young children with disabilities and their families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-200
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Early Intervention
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2011

Keywords

  • early childhood intervention
  • metasynthesis
  • qualitative research

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