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Metasynthesis - Research Course in Advanced Qualitative Methods DHV211

Metasynthesis is research on qualitative research and several methods have been developed to synthesize qualitative studies in various fields and disciplines. Meta-ethnography is one of the most used interpretative metasynthesis methods in development. Metasynthesis research has the potential to benefit human and societal development, and may contribute to the use of qualitative research findings in decision-making. Metasynthesis research studies may advance the critical philosophical, theoretical and methodological knowledge and discussion that is relevant to the development of qualitative research.


Course description for study year 2021-2022

Facts
Course code

DHV211

Version

1

Credits (ECTS)

5

Semester tution start

Spring, Autumn

Number of semesters

1

Exam semester

Spring, Autumn

Language of instruction

English

Offered by

Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Learning outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Knowledge:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the arguments for a metasynthesis research design
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of different types of metasynthesis approaches and methods with a focus on interpretative meta-ethnography
  • Demonstrate understanding of validity in metasynthesis research designs

Skills:

  • Be able to create aims and research questions in metasynthesis research designs
  • Demonstrate skills to applicate metasynthesis designs in research with a focus on interpretative meta-ethnography
  • Be able to critically assess and evaluate qualitative studies for inclusion in metasynthesis studies

General competence:

  • Reflect on the use of metasynthesis in evidence-based practice
  • Integrate a critical attitude to validity in metasynthesis research designs
  • Reflect on ethical, gender and ethnic issues in metasynthesis studies
Content
  • Metasynthesis-what, why, and how
  • Metaphors in metasynthesis
  • Meta-ethnography
  • Comparisons of metasynthesis to integrative reviews, systematic reviews, meta-aggregation, meta-analysis and secondary analysis
  • Primary research appraisal

The scientific contents of the course:

Metasynthesis is research on qualitative research and several methods have been developed to synthesize qualitative studies in various fields and disciplines. Meta-ethnography is one of the most used interpretative metasynthesis methods in development. Metasynthesis research has the potential to benefit human and societal development, and may contribute to the use of qualitative research findings in decision-making. Metasynthesis research studies may advance the critical philosophical, theoretical and methodological knowledge and discussion that is relevant to the development of qualitative research.

Required prerequisite knowledge
None
Recommended prerequisites
Qualitative methods
Exam
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Paper 1/1 Pass - Fail

Each participant will write a paper (ca. 3500 words) as a plan for a metasynthesis study related to the participants' own research project using the literature and discussions from the course (OP).  The paper should include suggestions and arguments for a) the aim and research question, b) the criteria for inclusion and exclusion, c) a plan for a literature search, d) a preliminary appraisal and analysis of the findings of three included articles, and d) a possible synthesis and finally, e) reflections on the process.

Course teacher(s)
Course teacher: Serap Keles
Course coordinator: Terese Elisabet Bondas
Tutor: Sindre Mikal Dyrstad
Tutor: Marit Alstveit
Tutor: Eva Christina Furskog-Risa
Tutor: Britt Sætre Hansen
Method of work

Lectures, exercises and discussions

Mode of delivery: Face-to-face in one session 

Course assessment
Students by way of course evaluation studies (mid-term evaluation and final evaluation). These evaluations are included in the university's quality assurance system.
Literature
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