12 September 2013, Volume 7, Number 4

WHO: Dr. Dewey G. Cornell
WHAT: Bullying and Positive School Climate in Virginia Middle Schools
WHEN: September 19; 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
WHERE: Bavaro Hall (Holloway Hall, First Floor)
DESCRIPTION: This presentation will focus on preliminary results from a statewide survey of school climate and safety conditions completed by 7th and 8th grade students and teachers in 422 Virginia middle schools.

handbook of qualitative research commdisNEW HANDBOOK
Title: Handbook of Qualitative Research in Communication Disorders
Author: Martin J. Ball, Nicole Muller, Ryan L. Nelson
Location:  This handbook is located in the CLIC’s Handbook Area, room 306, Bavaro Hall
Call Number: RC423.H36 2013
Table of Contents


University of Virginia Alliance for Computational Science & EngineeringSHORT COURSES 
The University of Virginia Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering (UVACSE) is again offering free Computational Short Courses.  All are welcome to attend, but the courses might be particularly useful to graduate students, faculty, and post-docs.  Registration is requiredTo register for a short course, click on the title of the course in the list below.


Did you know that Curry has five research centers staffed by Curry faculty and students? The Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) is one of those centers. The mission of  CASTL  is to advance the quality and impact of teaching through scientific study in educational settings from infancy to higher education.  CASTL distributes a newsletter  to share their findings with interested educators and publishes research briefs to extend their research findings into the hands of practitioners.  The CASTL Work-in-Progress meetings are a regular forum in which graduate students, postdocs and faculty across disciplines present their research ideas, plans, methods, and results for the purpose of getting feedback. Curry students and faculty are welcome to attend to learn more about the research process and network.


common_guidelines_ed_researchIES and NSF RELEASE  R&D GUIDELINES
A new report, Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development,  from the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation explains how the two agencies hope to realize the full potential of their education research and development investments—including obtaining meaningful findings and actionable results—through a more systematic development of knowledge.

The report describes six types of research studies that can generate evidence about how to increase student learning. For each research type, the report describes the purpose and the expected empirical and/or theoretical justifications, types of project outcomes, and quality of evidence.


Logo for the Curry group, Seeds for ChangeIS IT FUNNY? UNCOMFORTABLE? WHY?
UVa Seeds for Change invited members of the UVa community to submit videos that used humor to explore ethnicity,  class, ability and disability, sexual orientation, gender, and socioeconomic status. Attendees discussed whether the videos pushed the boundaries of one’s comfort zone.  Did they cross the line? Check out the videos that were shown and help extend the conversation. If you find yourself interested in further dialogue, consider joining or attending other Seeds events.  See the Seeds Facebook page for more information and to access the videos, or email the group at Seeds4changeuva@gmail.com.


lost_found_bookDID YOU LOSE ANYTHING?
The CLIC, room 306 Bavaro, is the primary location for items “Lost and Found” in Bavaro Hall. There is also a lost and found located at the reception desk in the Shelia C. Johnson Center for Human Services on Bavaro Hall’s ground floor.  The CLIC’s lost and found basket is on the bookshelves to your right as your enter the CLIC and is labeled with a picture of the cover of Shaun Tan’s picture book, Lost & Found, as seen here.

Beginning Friday, September 13, all found items will be taken to the Newcomb Hall Information desk after one week. The Newcomb Hall Information Desk is located on the right side of the hallway as you enter the west side Newcomb Hall entrance which is opposite the bookstore.


HOOS YOUR  Data spelled out in lights
Throughout the semester, we will be highlighting information about finding, organizing, analyzing, managing, displaying, and preserving  research data. See this week’s featured data information below.


A wordle consisting of words related to data management, preservation, and curation.DATA MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
TOPIC:  Best Practices in Collecting Data: Life Sciences and Social Sciences Focus
DATE: Thursday, September 12, 2013
TIME: 9 am – 10 am
LOCATION:  Bavaro Hall room 306, The CLIC
DESCRIPTION:  This workshop will focus on best practices for collecting and organizing data. It is increasingly important to store and document research data in ways that facilitate their effective retrieval and interpretation in the future. These best practices and tips will benefit you, the data collector, as well as improve prospects for the long-term preservation and re-use of data by others.
Presenters: Andrew Sallans and Andrea Denton


WHEN: Friday, September 13, 2013 from 2:00-3:00pm
WHERE: 350 Old Ivy Way, Suite 100 (free parking)
WHO: Dr. Clair Cameron and Dr. Jamie DeCoster

Claire CameronPresenter 1: Dr. Claire Cameron
Topic: SREE Run-Through: Nonlinear Gompertz Curve Models of Achievement Gaps
Abstract: In this WIP, I would like feedback on my slides for a fall SREE conference presentation. This study assessed three types of nonlinear growth curves in two large longitudinal datasets (ECLS-K and NLSY) to explore achievement trajectories in mathematics and reading from school entry through middle school. Results from the best fitting, Gompertz curve models are reported in terms of inter-individual difference parameters that represented total growth, rate of approach (approach to total growth), and timing of accelerated growth. With some exceptions, the pattern of parameter estimates was generally consistent across the two data sets. The fastest rates of approach occurred for both mathematics and reading before third grade. Demographic predictors of the three parameters of change confirmed SES and race/ethnic gaps that widen over time in both subjects; and a female advantage in reading and a male advantage in mathematics. Inconsistencies point to differences in sample, test, and cohort, which can help inform the study of systematic disparities in education research.


Jamie DeCoster Presenter 2: Jamie DeCoster
Topic: Using pre-existing Python functions to make your life easier.
Abstract: The SPSS Python extension allows researchers to incorporate Python programs in their SPSS syntax. Python brings a large number of new capabilities to SPSS, such as the ability to write analysis templates that are applied to several different variables, to have dynamic syntax where the analyses performed later vary depending on the results of earlier analyses, to automatically perform analyses on any datasets or spreadsheets found in particular directories, and to extract data from SPSS output to be saved in other data sets. However, not everyone has the time or interest to learn to program in Python. In this presentation, we will discuss how novice users of SPSS syntax can easily use Python functions written by other people. We will also have an overview of several functions that Jamie has written and has made publicly available, including functions that:

  • Convert SPSS data sets to MPlus
  • Convert Excel data sets to SPSS
  • Merge all SPSS data sets found in a particular directory
  • Automatically write Mplus programs to perform CFAs
  • Automatically write Mplus programs to perform path analyses


TOPIC:  Introduction to NVivo
WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday, September 18, 2:30pm – 4:00pm in Bavaro Hall, room 306 OR  Thursday, September 19, 12:30pm – 2:00pm in Alderman Library, Room 421. You only need to attend one session. 
DESCRIPTION:   NVivo is a state-of-the-art qualitative software package. NVivo presents a powerful work environment to analyze video, transcript, PDF, Audio and Video input. The NVivo coding strategies serve to turn text and other data into useful and analyzable results. For information on NVivo go to their website at QSR International.

This introduction will include how to import your text/audio/video files into NVivo for analysis, and present meaningful strategies for coding your data to extract the most useful information from it.
Presenter: Nancy Kechner  REGISTER NOW.


TOPIC:  Introduction to MATLAB
WHEN & WHERE:  Wednesday, September 18, 12:30pm – 2:00 pm, Brown Science and Engineering Library, Room 133 OR  Thursday, September 19, 9:30am – 11:00am in Alderman Library, Room 421. You only need to attend one session.
DESCRIPTION:  MATLAB is an interactive software system used for numerical computations and graphics. The core MATLAB language allows you to develop algorithms and create your own models and applications. Additionally, MATLAB toolboxes allow you to extend its capabilities to areas such as symbolic computation, curve fitting, optimization and digital signal processing.

This workshop is designed to introduce some of the more useful features and methods of MATLAB so that you can begin to write MATLAB programs on your own.


A wordle consisting of words related to data management, preservation, and curation.DATA MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
TOPIC:  Metadata: Social Sciences Focus
DATE: Tuesday September 24, 2013
TIME: 1 pm – 2pm
LOCATION:  Bavaro Hall room 306, The CLIC
DESCRIPTION:  A critical part of making data usable and shareable is to ensure they can be understood and interpreted by others. This requires clear and detailed data description, annotation and contextual information. Data documentation is a vital part of managing your research data that needs to be done throughout the project, not just at the end. Come learn and explore tools like Colectica, Nesstar, Morpho, and iPhoto that will help you document your data while you collect and analyze it. Bring your laptops and if you have a data set, bring it!
PRESENTERS: Sherry Lake and Jeremy Bartzak   REGISTER NOW


How can effective teaching be identified and developed? The Measures of Effective Teaching
project aimed to find out. MET researchers collected a variety of indicators of teaching quality over a two year period (AY 2009-2010 and AY 2010-2011) in the classrooms of more than 2500 fourth- through ninth-grade teachers working in 317 schools located in six large school districts in the United States. Now, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is sponsoring a series of four, free webinars discussing the rich and complex quantitative and video data held within the Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database at ICPSR.  This data is now available  for secondary analysis from the ICPSR data archive. Curry students and faculty will find the Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database web site (linked above) most useful for understanding how a complex research study is organized and how data is collected, analyzed, archived, and made accessible. Dean Pianta was a lead researcher and partner in MET.

Topic:    An Orientation to Accessing to the Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database (MET LDB)
Date:    Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Time:    1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
DESCRIPTION:  This first webinar will offer an overview of the groundbreaking MET Project, a summary of the data files available at ICPSR, and a description of ICPSR’s specialized data access systems. The MET project is a research partnership of academics, teachers, and education organizations committed to investigating better ways to identify and develop effective teaching. Lead research and organizational partners included Dean Robert C. Pianta.  Space is limited.  Register now!


New state-level data on charter schools, high school completion credentials, graduation practices, teacher certification, and compulsory school attendance policies are now available on the State Education Reforms website. The new data is located in  tables found in the Table Library.   Look for the red “Updated!” tags next to the pertinent table titles.


Logo for the IES Beginning Teacher Longitudinal StudyNCES RELEASES STRATEGIES REPORT
Sponsored by the  National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Beginning Teacher Longitudinal Study (BTLS) is a nationally representative longitudinal study of public school teachers who began teaching in 2007 or 2008. The BTLS provides researchers with the opportunity to examine the career paths of beginning teachers as well as factors that may influence those paths.

The purpose of this Research and Development (R&D) report is to develop a strategy for the longitudinal analysis of the BTLS data that can be used to better understand teacher attrition, retention, and mobility.  The R&D report has three research objectives: (1) to define the concept of a career path for beginning teachers that can be implemented with all waves of the BTLS; (2) to operationalize the assignment of a career path using this definition (i.e., examine methods for assigning career paths); and (3) to investigate the best approach for analyzing the relationships between beginning teachers’ career paths and selected teacher and school characteristics.


writer-at-work-160 APA STYLE AND DATA: WHO KNEW!
We all know the APA manual provides the requirements for writing references and in-line citations, but did you know it also provides instructions for statistical and mathematical documentation? For example, how do you format and layout a table? What do you include in a table heading? Check out pages 116-124 in chapter 4 and chapter 5 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for guidance! And the APA BLOG which is a searchable database of Questions & Answers may be of further assistance.



This newsletter is produced by the CLIC librarians, Kay Buchanan and Carole Lohman.

The newsletter is intended to support  faculty and students at the Curry School of Education who are engaged in scientifically based research, evaluation, and teaching by keeping them up-to-date on scholarly resources, trends, and opportunities so they can make a positive impact on education.

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