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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. Full Article

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. Full Article

Watch second Methodology Application presentation

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In the second presentation of the Methodology Applications Series, research assistant professor Michelle Howell Smith discusses “Developing Better Questionnaires and Measures: Initial Considerations and Construct Operationalization.”

This presentation is the first 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. Howell Smith shares strategies for developing internal consistency among concepts, constructs, indicators and items, to obtain meaningful results. Full Article

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. Full Article

MAP Academy hosts Kline methodology workshop

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Methodologist Rex Kline presents “New Developments in Structural Equation Modeling” at the Nov. 10 workshop. The presentation was the first in the Nebraska Methodology Workshop series, hosted by the MAP Academy.

The Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics continues its mission to promote inter-disciplinary research with the Nebraska Methodology Workshop series. Students, faculty and community members gathered Nov. 10 at the Nebraska Innovation Campus for the first workshop by methodologist Rex Kline. Full Article

Postdoc Hawley recognized for research on teacher assessment

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Leslie Hawley

Leslie Hawley, a postdoctoral trainee with the CYFS Statistics and Research Methodology Unit, will receive a University of Nebraska-Lincoln research award that recognizes her dissertation’s potential to improve the evaluation of K-12 teachers.

UNL’s Phi Delta Kappa Chapter recently announced Hawley as the recipient of its Dr. Ron Joekel Research Award, which honors outstanding education-focused research conducted by a UNL graduate student. Hawley, who completed her doctorate from UNL’s Qualitative, Quantitative and Psychometric Methods program in December 2012, will receive the $1,500 award at a fall meeting of the PDK Chapter. Full Article