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Summer School 2017: Survey Research

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University of Limerick

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Survey Research: Strategies and Techniques in for Conducting Applied Social Science Research

21st -23rd June 2017

School of Education, University of Limerick

This Summer School is the fourth in a series being organised collaboratively by the Schools of Education at NUI Galway, University of Limerick and University College Cork. This Summer School has arisen out of a desire to develop statistical competence in the domain of survey research, while promoting data awareness and impact on policy and intervention.


Overview of Summer School 2017

This Summer School will familiarize people with the strategies, techniques, tactics, and issues in conducting survey research in the social sciences. It will cover the key stages in the survey research process, including sample design and selection, questionnaire design, pretesting, and data analysis. The Summer School will include demonstrations and hands-on practice, and detailed materials will be provided.

Specifically, the Summer School will cover the following topics:

  • The role of survey research;
  • Sampling – probability and non-probability sample designs, and sample selection;
  • Sampling errors and survey non-response;
  • Designing and constructing surveys for measuring unobservable traits; and
  • Analyzing survey data to evaluate the psychometric properties and utility of a survey.

The Summer School aims to balance the measurement and statistical concepts introduced with the practical aspects of applied survey research. Participants will be provided with the materials and instruction needed to develop a solid understanding of the topics covered and will gain experience in applying those concepts. Since each day’s instruction and activities build on those introduced on the previous day, participants should plan to attend all days.


Who Should Attend?

The institute is designed for postgraduate students, post-doctoral researchers, faculty, and research scientists with an interest in educational issues. Although some experience with conducting statistical analyses in SPSS would be helpful, it is not required. Core concepts will be reviewed at the beginning of the Summer School. Participants are expected to be experienced in using personal computers.


Further Information and Registration

This Summer School is limited to 40 participants. Participants are expected to attend on all 2.5 days (21st-23rd June). Please contact Dr. Máire Ní Ríordáin (maire.niriordain@ucc.ie) or Prof. Paul Conway (paul.conway@ul.ie) for further information. The cost for attending is €330 for non-student attendees and €165 for those registered with an institution as a research student.


Biography

Laura M. O’ Dwyer, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation Department at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College. Laura’s expertise is in quantitative research methods and design, and advanced data analysis. At Boston College, she teaches quantitative research methods, introductory and intermediate statistics, survey research methods, deign of experiments, and hierarchical linear modeling. O’ Dwyer has extensive experience in the analysis of large-scale data sets such as TIMSS, PISA, and NAEP and in designing research and evaluation studies. She has contributed to numerous studies that examined ways for improving teacher quality and student outcomes. These studies examined issues such as the implications of technology use for pre-service and in-service teachers, the impact of technology-infused professional development programs on teacher and student content knowledge, and the relationship between the organizational characteristics of schools and teachers’ use of technology as a teaching and learning tool. O’ Dwyer has published more than 45 journal articles and book chapters, and her book, Quantitative Research for Qualitative Researchers, was published by Sage, Inc. in 2014.

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