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 Prof Harry Torrance

 ESRI, Manchester Metropolitan University

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     Thematic Seminar Series

Reviewing Reviews: Towards a better
understanding of the role of research reviews

Prof Harry Torrance, Manchester Metropolitan University
Prof Judy Sebba, University of Sussex

Seminar Summary


There has been widespread debate about the role and purpose of reviews of research. Advocates of systematic reviewing argue that traditional, scholarly reviews of research have been unclear about how and why particular studies have been included in the review.

In turn systematic reviewing has been criticised. Debate at the BERA 2004 conference was followed by two seminars organised under the auspices of TLRP which continued the
discussion and mapped the arguments. A further symposium at BERA 2005 led to TLRP sponsorship of this document which is intended to offer greater clarity about the purpose
of different forms of review.



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