The Swedish Institute for Educational Research has so far published sixteen research summaries, covering different topic areas within the fields of education.
Systematic reviews do not provide answers to ’what works’ in teaching, they provide the basis for making informed choices and decisions regarding teaching activities.
A systematic review is a type of literature review that collects, critically analyses and synthesises research. The process is characterised by systematics and transparency. The key features of the process are:
- A clearly stated review question with pre-defined eligibility criteria is stated.
- Explicit and transparent methods are used.
- The work is accountable, replicable and updateable.
- A systematic search that attempts to identify all studies that meet the eligibility criteria.
We are currently, in collaboration with researchers within the field, working on the following research summaries:
- General music education (systematic review)
- Historical understanding (systematic review)
- Gender equality in education (systematic review)
A meta-review has the same key features as a systematic review, but instead of analysing research studies, it is a compilation of reviews.
Apart from the systematic reviews, the Institute also does mapping of international studies within different fields. These mappings are more schematic and do not involve synthesis or conclusions.
Summarising and commenting
The Institute monitors international systematic reviews in order to make the results available to – and useful for – professionals in Swedish schools and pre-schools. The reviews are assessed in regards to both academic quality and relevance for Swedish schools. We summarize and comment on the reviews from a Swedish perspective.
In this series our aim is to put research in a context. The purpose of the reports is to help teachers enhance their knowledge, and in the long run, to use research findings to develop their teaching.
Identifying the needs for future summaries
In order to identify the professionals’ needs and to incorporate their opinions, the Institute conducts needs analyses, participates in national and regional conferences, and collaborates with agencies and organisations to learn from their experiences.