RESEARCH REVIEWS AND HANDBOOKS
Before beginning to survey the literature in any field, one should find
out if there are reviews of the literature that have already been done.
A good literature review will provide an authoritative overview of the
research done to date. It will also provide bibliographies and names of
key people in the field.
Encyclopedia of Educational Research. 5th ed. 4 vols. New York: Free,
A comprehensive survey of educational research, sponsored by the American
Educational Research Association. Critical and evaluative synthesis of
research on each topic. Includes lengthy bibliographies. New edition published
about every ten years; older editions shelved in the stacks.
Kauffman, James M. and Daniel P. Hallahan, eds. Handbook of Special
Education. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1981.
A compendium of research and theory. Arranged in five major divisions:
introduction, conceptual foundations, service delivery systems, curriculum
and methods, and child and environmental management. Individual chapters
focus on specific disabilities as well as curriculum, teaching strategies,
and related services.
Mussen, Paul H., ed. Handbook of Child Psychology. 4th ed. 4 vols.
New York: Wiley, 1983.
A descendant of the classic Manual of Child Psychology by Leonard Carmichael.
Presents the current state of knowledge of child psychology. The four volumes
cover: history, theory, and methods; infancy and developmental psychobiology;
cognitive development; and socialization, personality, and social development.
Pearson, P. David, ed. Handbook of Reading Research. New York: Longman,
A comprehensive analysis and interpretation of current reading research.
Arranged in three major divisions: methodological issues, basic processes,
and instructional practices. Individual chapters focus on such topics as
assessment, metacognitive skills, beginning reading, readability, and classroom
Review of Research in Education. Washington, DC: American Educational
Research Association, 1973- .Annual.
Annual review series which provides critical essays on the major topics
of educational research. Reviews current and historical literature on each
Reynolds, Cecil R. and Terry B. Gutkin, eds. Handbook of School Psychology.
New York: Wiley, 1982.
Forty chapters focus on various aspects of the theory and research
upon which school psychology was founded. Arranged in seven major sections,
including assessment, intervention, medical problems in the schools, legal
issues, and more.
Educators' Handbook: A Research Perspective. New York: Longman, 1987.
Research summarized for the practicing educator. Focus is on the practical
and everyday utilization of research. Chapters are arranged under such
headings as "What Should I Teach?" and "How Should I Teach It?"
Wittrock, Merlin C., ed. Handbook of Research on Teaching. 3rd ed.
New York: Macmillan, 1986.
A project of the American Educational Research Association. Review
articles on 35 areas of teaching. Lengthy bibliographies.