Russia, Moscow

Modelling the Growth

when 5 August 2019 - 10 August 2019
language English
duration 1 week
fee RUB 30000

This track consists of two courses: “Vertical Scales and Growth Models That Use Them” by Dr. Gary Cook and “Longitudinal Analysis” by Dr. Theodore Walls.
The course “Vertical Scales and Growth Models That Use Them” by Dr. Gary Cook is designed to provide participants with basic concepts and approaches to establishing vertical scales on large scale educational assessments using Item Response Theory (IRT). It also presents methods for applying vertical scales to student growth models. A variety of growth models are presented along with discussions about the benefits and drawbacks of each model.

The course begins with a brief overview of measurement theory starting with Classical Test Theory (CTT) and moving to IRT. The session then discusses methods used to establish vertical scales. For ease of discussion, the one-parameter Rasch models are used, although differences between IRT scaling methodology are mentioned. Following this, an overview of different student growth models using vertical scales is addressed. In this section, theories of action behind each growth model along with methods and resources needed to calculate them are discussed. The course finishes with a discussion about the meaningful application of growth models in educational and research settings.
The course “Longitudinal Analysis” by Dr. Theodore Walls covers three important areas in the analysis of longitudinal data: simulation and programming, longitudinal designs, and methods for the analysis of change. The objective of the course is to ensure that graduate students working on research involving longitudinal data have both the baseline conceptual skills and hands-on experience needed to pursue development of applied models in their work. Modeling frameworks include analysis of difference and change scores, repeated measures ANOVA, cross-lagged regression, time series and the family of random coefficient models, including hierarchical linear models, multi-level models, growth curve models, etc. Recently emerging models focused on intensive longitudinal data are also considered.

Course leader

Dr. Theodore Walls (University of Rhode Island)
Dr. Gary Cook (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Target group

Social scientists and students

Course aim

Learning objectives of the course 1:
- Review basic concepts behind CTT and IRT
- Understand general approaches to establishing vertical scales using Rasch model horizontal and vertical equating methodologies
- Understand the benefits and challenges behind different IRT vertical scaling approaches
- Understand the background and theories of action associated with different educational growth models
- Understand the basic approaches and methodologies for calculating different educational growth models
- Have experience calculating different educational growth models using the R statistical software package

- Learning objectives of the course 2:
- Understand different longitudinal designs
- Appreciate a range of descriptive and inferential modeling frameworks
- Experience hands-on modeling toward developing baseline competencies
- Gain exposure to advanced modeling of intensive longitudinal data, its challenges and opportunities
- Understand and appreciate literature and community tackling longitudinal data as a field

Fee info

RUB 30000: Non-CIS enrollees can take advantage of an early bird offer of RUB 30,000 (approximately EUR 405) until April 15, 2019.
The Fees stated cover tuition for a selected Track, lunch and two coffee breaks daily, and handouts. Travel and accommodation are paid by participants.
Note that you should proceed to pay your School Fee ONLY AFTER a notice is received to confirm that you qualify and have been officially admitted to your chosen School Track (i.e., NOT upon registration).
RUB 32767: The School Fee for participants from outside the CIS is RUB 38,000 (approximately EUR 512) if they register after April 15, 2019.
The Fees stated cover tuition for a selected Track, lunch and two coffee breaks daily, and handouts. Travel and accommodation are paid by participants.
Note that you should proceed to pay your School Fee ONLY AFTER a notice is received to confirm that you qualify and have been officially admitted to your chosen School Track (i.e., NOT upon registration).