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The CSLP Systematic Review Team—Robert Bernard (Leader and Distinguished Professor Emeritus), Eugene Borokhovski (Review Team Manager and Affiliate Associate Professor), Richard Schmid (Professor of Education) and David Pickup (Information Specialist), aided by collaborators and interested graduate students—conduct and publish large-scale systematic reviews and meta-analyses of the impact of various educational interventions on student learning outcomes.

The purpose of our systematic reviews is to evaluate and summarize primary research findings on issues of educational theory, practice and policy. Our goal is to affect educational practice by providing researchers, educators, and policy makers with the most comprehensive evidence available, by way of qualitative research syntheses and quantitative meta-analyses. These methods (particularly meta-analysis) involve synthesizing large collections of data to determine the overall effectiveness of a particular strategy or policy, in order to inform stakeholders of “what works” in the field. Using sound statistical procedures, meta-analyses explore and explain systematic variations in the observed effects of educational interventions, enabling the identification of the most favourable conditions for success. 

Specifically, this team:

  • Focuses on the conduct of high quality and timely systematic reviews of research to address questions of applied value in education and the neighboring social sciences, especially ones that focus on the effectiveness of particular instructional interventions;

  • Develops expertise in the methodology of systematic reviews and procedures for disseminating research evidence to scholars, policy-makers, practitioners and the general public in a timely, cost-effective, clear, and impactful manner;

  • Actively encourages the formation of links between researchers, the community, and the general public;

  • Informs conversation among researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in aligned areas, such as the health sciences, to collaborate on a broader mission of using evidence to improve the quality of life for all Canadians.

Using methods that are objective, repeatable, transparent, systematic, comprehensive and integrative, our team members identify and critically appraise relevant research for inclusion in each review. The foundational mission of the team is to disseminate research findings, through publication and presentation, to the widest audiences possible, and to train the next generation of researchers in the highest standards of methodological practice.


See a list of the team’s selected publications on a variety of topics. 


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