Educational Research

Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 3(4), pp. 340-344, April 2012         
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Master thesis projects in the field of education: who says we need more basic research?

1*Karin Hannes and 2Wim Van den Noortgate

1*Centre for Methodology of Educational Research - Belgian Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

Faculty of Psychology and Education, Faculty of Medicine KULeuven, A. Vesaliusstraat 2, 3000 Leuven

2Centre for Methodology of Educational Research, Faculty of Psychology and Education

KULeuven, Andreas Vesaliusstraat 2, 3000 Leuven

*Corresponding Author E-mail:

Received 30 November, 2011; Accepted 12 January, 2012


A minority of students graduating from university will pursue a research career and will highly benefit from having the knowledge and skills to conduct basic research.  The majority, however, will start a career in practice.  These students are in need of a particular set of skills that enables them to develop accurate search strategies to find relevant studies, to critically appraise and to interpret the results from the studies retrieved.  The importance of systematically reviewing scientific literature has been widely acknowledged in the field of education.  It follows that the growth potential for systematic reviews conducted as a master thesis project in educational sciences is considerable. 


Keywords: Systematic reviews, education, university curricula.

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