A2 Review article, Literature review, Systematic review
Meta-Study (2022)


Ronkainen, N., Wiltshire, G., & Willis, M. (2022). Meta-Study. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 15(1), 226-241. https://doi.org/10.1080/1750984x.2021.1931941


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All authors or editorsRonkainen, Noora; Wiltshire, Gareth; Willis, Martin

Journal or seriesInternational Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology

ISSN1750-984X

eISSN1750-9858

Publication year2022

Publication date27/05/2021

Volume15

Issue number1

Pages range226-241

PublisherRoutledge

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1080/1750984x.2021.1931941

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/76136


Abstract

Meta-study is a method for analysing the content and the process of knowledge production in a body of qualitative research. Conducting a meta-study involves four steps: (1) meta-data-analysis which involves the study of empirical findings; (2) meta-method which examines the epistemological soundness and rigour of methods; (3) meta-theory which examines the structures, assumptions, and principles underpinning the primary research studies; and (4) meta-synthesis which brings the three steps together and considers the plausibility of existing accounts, what has been neglected, and what new avenues have been opened for advancing knowledge. Qualitative researchers in sport and exercise psychology (SEP) have recently started using meta-study to examine bodies of qualitative research in various areas including positive youth development, junior-to-senior transition, athletic identity and mental toughness development. Our review shows that meta-study has been a useful method for demonstrating how methodological developments have influenced how qualitative researchers apply methods and conceptualise the phenomena of interest. However, there have been diverse applications of meta-study and, in the absence of recent updates on the method, meta-study is in danger of remaining underdeveloped or becoming outdated. Based on the review, we outline guidelines for SEP scholars to employ meta-study rigorously.


Keywordssport psychologymethodologyresearch methodsqualitative researchmeta-analysissynthesisvaliditytheory of knowledge

Free keywordsepistemology; methodology; validity; synthesis; qualitative research


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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

JUFO rating2


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