Quantitative methods of analysis, measurement and evaluation in science and math educational research
October 06-07, 2011; November 17-18, 2011; January 20, 2012
Registration before September 15, 2011.
Aims of the course:
The aims of this course are to introduce participants to a number of theoretical and practical aspects of using quantitative methods in educational research. The course will begin by differentiating between qualitative and quantitative analytical methods and the place of both in conducting educational research. Through a series of case studies, participants will learn to distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate uses of a variety of commonly used quantitative methods. In addition, issues in the construction of tests to measure or assess mental variables will be addressed, with students engaging in the first steps of designing a test relevant to their project work. Also, a brief coverage of Classical Test Theory, factor analysis, Rasch analysis and structural equation modeling with students actively using SPSS will be done. To some extent the methods considered will depend upon the interest and research needs of the participants.
Among perspectives to be considered are:
- Perspectives on statistical analysis in didactics
- Construction of tests to measure or assess mental variables
- Use of quantitative statistics and linear regression analysis
- Brief coverage of Classical Test Theory, factor analysis, Rasch analysis and structural equation modeling
All course costs are covered by IND except for text, student travel and lodging