Modelling Mechanisms of Change - University of Stirling (Psychology)
Thursday, 22 September 2016 at 09:30 - Friday, 23 September 2016 at 17:00 (BST)
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Modelling the Mechanisms of Change Using Latent Variable Models.
The Faculty of Natural Sciences at Stirling University is pleased to offer a series of short courses funded by the ESRC under the Advanced Training Initiative. The courses are part of a 3-year programme of training entitled Modelling Mechanisms of Change Using Longitudinal Archived Data. This year’s course will run for 2 days (22nd to 23rd September) and will provide an introduction to latent variable modelling with an emphasis on longitudinal data analysis. The course is free of charge and available and is available to all social science research students, early career researchers, and academic staff.
The course will be delivered by Professors Mark Shevlin and Gary Adamson from Ulster University in partnership with Psychology at Stirling (http://www.stir.ac.uk/natural-sciences/about-us/psychology/). Professor David Donaldson, Head of Psychology, has facilitated this collaborative event and he noted that it provides a wonderful opportunity for researchers and academics at Stirling, and other Scottish universities, to avail of a comprehensive programme of training in contemporary statistical methods for social scientists.
The courses offered in 2016 will cover the following topics:
- Overview and applications of latent variable models.
- Confirmatory factor analysis with continuous and categorical indicators.
- Latent growth models.
- Mixture models.
- Growth mixture models.
- Path analysis and cross-lagged panel models
All analyses will be conducted using the SPSS and Mplus software packages. Each day will conclude with a questions and answers session and there will be opportunities for the participants to discuss their own studies with the tutors.
What's expected of me?
It is expected that participants will have some knowledge of different variable types (nominal, ordinal, etc.), descriptive statistics and a working knowledge of hypothesis testing prior to taking the course. An understanding of regression and correlation would be a benefit. All materials required for the course will be provided.
The following websites provide accessible overviews of latent variable models.
This is the homepage for the Mplus software. It has links to examples, data, and tutorials.
This provides a gentle introduction to latent variable modelling.
There are also many online video resources available at Statmodel
When & Where
Ulster University and University of Stirling (Psychology)
Professor Mark Shevlin and Professor Gary Adamson from Ulster University will deliver the courses. They have extensive experience in delivering high quality training programmes in quantitative methods. They successfully delivered a three year programme of training (20112013) in latent variable modelling in Northern Ireland through the Researcher Development Initiative which was funded by the ESRC.
The workshop will be delivered in collaboration with the Division of Psychology at the University of Stirling. Psychology at Stirling is committed to internationally recognised and excellent scientific research, coupled with innovative and reflective research led teaching and learning.