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Leslie Hawley
Leslie Hawley, research assistant professor, MAP Academy

In the fifth presentation of the 2014-2015 Methodology Applications Series, research assistant professor Leslie Hawley discusses “Developing Better Questionnaires and Measures: Psychometric Review.”

Once data from questionnaires and other non-cognitive measures have been collected, researchers are faced with the task of providing psychometric evidence to answer questions related to internal consistency and validity. This presentation is the final installment of our three-part series integrating practical strategies and best practices in questionnaire and measurement development from the fields of psychometrics, survey research and educational psychology. It will provide a conceptual overview and applied examples of the psychometric review process.

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Watch third Methodology Application presentation

Ann ArthurIn the third presentation of the Methodology Applications Series, MAP Academy Methodologist Ann Arthur discusses “Developing Better Questionnaires and Measures: Constructing and Testing the Instrument.”

The development of questionnaires and other non-cognitive measures is a challenging task in the research process. This presentation is the second of a three-part series integrating practical strategies and best practices in questionnaire and measurement development from the fields of psychometrics, survey research and educational psychology. It is designed to help researchers write and refine questions and items in a way that reflects the intended construct(s), optimizes the response process and minimizes measurement error.

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Bovaird, engineering faculty receive EPA ‘healthy schools’ grant

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Jim Bovaird (far right), founding director of the MAP Academy and associate professor of educational psychology, joins UNL architectural engineering faculty (from left) Josephine Lau, Clarence Waters and Lily Wang in an EPA-funded study to examine schools’ indoor environmental effects on students from kindergarten through 12th grade. (Photo credit: Greg Nathan / University Communications.)

Advanced methodology sets the foundation for a UNL team studying the effects of school environment on student performance.

CYFS faculty affiliate Jim Bovaird, founding director of the MAP Academy and associate professor of educational psychology, joins faculty from the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction for a four-year study of schools’ indoor environmental effects on the academic achievement of students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

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CYFS releases 2013-2014 Annual Report

CYFS 2013-2014 Annual ReportThe Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools has released its annual report for the 2013 fiscal year, which spanned July 2013 through June 2014.

In addition to highlighting CYFS research and achievements from the last year, the report celebrates the center’s 10th anniversary with a timeline and infographic section outlining its most prominent accomplishments across the past decade.

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CYFS examining intervention’s effects on early obesity

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Reseachers studying intervention impacts on early obesity include (from left) Brandy Clarke, Susan Sheridan, Jung-Min Lee & Lorey Wheeler.

A family-school partnership program shown to improve children’s behavior, academics and social skills will now take a seat at the table of another early childhood challenge.

CYFS researchers recently earned two grants to study whether obesity among children ages 3-5 can be curbed by a collaborative intervention known as Teachers and Parents as Partners, or TAPP.

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Journal of School Psychology names CYFS article best of 2013

Susan Sheridan
Susan Sheridan

A peer-reviewed paper from the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools has been selected as 2013 Article of the Year by the Journal of School Psychology.

Lead author and CYFS director Susan Sheridan will accept the award from the Society for the Study of School Psychology on Aug. 8 in Washington, D.C., site of the 2014 American Psychological Association Convention.

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Tyler using technology to study substance use among homeless

CYFS affiliate Kimberly Tyler
CYFS affiliate Kimberly Tyler

The mercurial nature of homelessness has kept researchers from pinpointing which factors limit substance use – and how others trigger it – among the nearly 3 million American youth living on the streets.

With a new $400,000 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, CYFS affiliate Kimberly Tyler will use technology to address this sociological challenge for the sake of confronting the societal one.

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Sheridan authors guide to help teachers partner with parents

The Tough Kid: Teachers and Parents as PartnersCYFS director Susan Sheridan has authored a newly published practice guide designed to help teachers and school professionals engage parents in partnerships that support children’s learning.

Available from Pacific Northwest Publishers, “The Tough Kid: Teachers and Parents as Partners” takes its name from a family-school intervention approach developed and extensively researched by Sheridan.

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