Topaz Project: How to conduct a transdisciplinary scoping review

A Digital Child Working Paper from our ‘How to’ series

This paper is part of a ‘how to…’ series aimed at supporting transdisciplinary reviews regarding technology use with, by and for young children.

A scoping review can be used to identify gaps in the literature, determine the nature of the evidence, and then make recommendations for future primary research. These reviews are particularly useful for bringing together evidence from disparate or heterogeneous sources and therefore lend themselves well to transdisciplinary research. The aim of this paper is to provide a readily accessible resource of information on how to conduct transdisciplinary scoping reviews. The scoping review process is conceptualised to include several steps conducted in sequence, with potential for some iteration across steps. This ‘how to…’ guide builds on the prior frameworks and approaches and provides explanations of what to do at each step, along with a curated list of resources relevant to each step, in a manner sensitive to diverse disciplines. Transdisciplinary scoping reviews can provide an important mechanism for not only aiding in transdisciplinary understanding of issues, but for creating evidence summaries that are relevant to end-user needs.

Volume/Number: 2022-03

Date published: 3 August 2022

Series type: How to


Suggested citation:Beynon, A., & Straker, L. 2022 2022 How to conduct a transdisciplinary scoping review to support decision making regarding children and digital technology. Digital Child Working Paper 2022-03, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child, Brisbane, Australia.

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