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Steady and delayed: explaining the different development of meta-ethnography in health care and education

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.

Keywords
Meta-ethnography; qualitative evidence synthesis; health; education; systematic reviewing; qualitative approach

StatusPublished
AuthorsUny Isabelle, France Emma, Noblit George W
Publication date2017
Publication date online02/03/2017
Date accepted by journal11/01/2017
PublisherTaylor and Francis
ISSN 1745-7823
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Ethnography and Education: Volume 12, Issue 2 (2017)

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