Introduction to Qualitative Meta-Synthesis Methods: Achieving STEM Equity and Inclusion through Syntheses
• Maria Ong, Institute for Meta-Synthesis, TERC
• Nuria Jaumot-Pascual, Institute for Meta-Synthesis, TERC
• Lisette Torres-Gerald, Institute for Meta-Synthesis, TERC
• Christina B. Silva, Institute for Meta-Synthesis, TERC
Date/ Time: Thursday, May 20, 2021; 1:00pm-4:00pm
This workshop is for early- and mid-career faculty, researchers, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students in STEM education and related disciplines to gain basic skills in qualitative meta-synthesis research. Instructors from the Institute for Meta-Synthesis at TERC will present materials they have developed to build capacity in qualitative literature meta-synthesis methods, with a special focus on STEM equity and inclusion literature. They will introduce several aspects of qualitative meta-syntheses research, including: what differentiates literature meta-syntheses from literature reviews; steps for the pre-search process; literature search and selection processes; deductive, inductive, and hybrid coding; and thematic analysis. The instructors will provide demonstrations and hands-on activities for participants, which will be drawn from the instructors’ previous literature meta-synthesis projects focused on the experiences of women of color in STEM (e.g., see paper here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/jee.20345). By the end of the workshop, participants will have the fundamental skills for conducting a literature search and an understanding of how raw qualitative literature can be coded as data, then transformed into the Findings and Discussion of a meta-synthesis paper.