Organizing knowledge syntheses: A taxonomy of literature reviews

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A taxonomy of literature reviews in education and psychology is presented. The taxonomy categorizes reviews according to: (a) focus; (b) goal; (c) perspective; (d) coverage; (e) organization; and (f) audience. The seven winners of the American Educational Research Association's Research Review Award are used to illustrate the taxonomy's categories. Data on the reliability of taxonomy codings when applied by readers is presented. Results of a survey of review authors provides baseline data on how frequently different types of reviews appear in the education and psychology literature. How the taxonomy might help in judging the quality of literature reviews is discussed, along with more general standards for evaluating reviews. © 1988 Springer-Verlag.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cooper, HM

Published Date

  • March 1, 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 1 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 104 - 126

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1874-6314

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0897-1986

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/BF03177550

Citation Source

  • Scopus