Associate Professor Catherine Pickering was the workshop leader at the recently presented 'Systematic Quantitative Literature Review Workshop' held at the Gold Coast campus with a video link to the Mt Gravatt campus. Catherine is an academic in the School of Environment at Griffith University in the area of alpine botany, climate change and the management of national parks.
Last year Catherine ran successful courses for research students and staff at Griffith on the new method developed for undertaking literature reviews together with a course on publishing papers as a PhD student.
The systematic quantitative literature review is a smart and effective method for undertaking literature reviews particularly for research students and others new to a discipline.
It bridges the gap between traditional narrative review methods and meta-analysis. Narrative methods that are commonly used in many research theses, rely on the expertise and experience of the author, making them challenging for novices. In contrast, the method students use involves systematically searching the literature using online databases and other sources to find all relevant papers that fit specific criteria (systematically identifying the literature), entering information about each study into a personal database, then compiling tables that summarise the current status of the literature including identifying research gaps (quantifying the literature). The results are reliable, quantifiable and reproducible. Using this method, it is also possible to determine if there are suitable datasets for meta-analysis.
The sessions were interactive with opportunities for questions and answers throughout. Feedback from participants confirmed the value of this workshop.
Catherine's PowerPoint presentation 'What are Systematic Quantitative Reviews and why use them' can be accessed here.