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Alderman, Brown & Clemons Libraries will be open 10 a.m. to 10pm.
As schedules may change, please call the U.Va. Hotline at 434-924-7669 or 243-7669 before starting out.
DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN CHILDREN’S BOOKS?
For those of you who are university academics or planning on becoming one, did you ever wonder how academics are portrayed in children’s picture books? Are professors still being viewed as Randolph Caldecott envisioned them in his 1885 illustrations of Professor Panjandrum? Read Melissa Terras’ blog musings on this topic. It may just give you pause.
FIND DIGITAL RESEARCH TOOLS
Not sure what your options might be for conducting research in a digital environment. “Bamboo DiRT is a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. Developed by Project Bamboo, Bamboo DiRT makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software.” Some of the research tools in this registry are open source/public domain and are free to use, while others are commercial and have fee-based use. The tools are more focused on digital humanities, but non-humanists will find many options as well. Bamboo DiRT (Project Bamboo) / CC BY 3.0
EDUCATION POLICY SEMINAR SERIES
TITLE: Non-Cognitive Ability, Test Scores, and Teacher Quality: Evidence from 9th Grade Teachers in North Carolina
DATE: Monday, February 17, 2014
TIME: 12:30-2:00 PM
LOCATION: Garrett Hall Commons, Rm. 206
ABASTRACT: This paper presents a model where teacher effects on long-run outcomes reflect effects on both cognitive skills (measured by test-scores) and non-cognitive skills (measured by non-test-score outcomes). In administrative data, teachers have causal effects on test-scores and student absences, suspensions, grades, and on-time grade progression. Teacher effects on a weighted average of these non-test score outcomes (a proxy for non-cognitive skills) predict teacher effects on dropout, high-school completion, and college-entrance-exam taking above and beyond their effects on test scores. Accordingly, test-score effects alone fail to identify excellent teachers and may understate the importance of teachers for longer-run outcomes.
PRESENTER: Dr. C. Kirabo Jackson, Associate Professor at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, is a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research, and is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
The Education Policy Seminar Series are FREE and open to the public. No registration is required. Parking is available at the Central Grounds Parking Garage.
For recommended readings or other questions about the series, please contact EdPolicyWorks@virginia.edu.
YOUTH-NEX WORKS IN PROGRESS
TITLE: “Who Builds the Village: Youth-adult Relationships Across Contexts and Time”
DATE: Thursday, February 20, 2014
TIME: 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
LOCATION: Bavaro Hall, Room 116 – Holloway Hall
ABSTRACT: Deutsch and Futch will talk about their work on a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to study the influence of non-parental adult relationships in the lives of adolescents and just how those bonds develop. Research has shown how important adults are in the lives of kids – as role models, mentors and sources of social support but little work has been done on how these relationships are formed and sustained. According to the researchers, relationships with non-parental adults are not simply something that ‘happen to’ youth. Rather, youth exercise considerable choice in identifying which adults may be positive mentors and implement agency in crafting productive relationships. In their 3½-year study, Deutsch and Futch will follow two groups of youths: seventh- to 10th-graders, and 10th-graders to new high school graduates.
PRESENTERS: Nancy L. Deutsch, associate professor of Educational Leadership and Foundations at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.
Valerie A. Futch, Youth-Nex postdoctoral fellow studying adolescent identity development, youth-adult relationships in out-of-school programs, and emerging adulthood.
AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH SONG
“The Library of Congress has just launched a new collection, The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America. ‘Songs of America’ allows teachers and students to investigate American history as documented in the work of some of America’s greatest composers, poets, scholars, and performers. The connection between songs and historical events is highlighted through more than 80,000 online items. The site also includes teaching resources that provide context and expert analysis of the songs presented.”
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.
2 PART WORKSHOP
TOPIC: Spatial Analysis I & II
DATE: Thursday, February 20, 2014 (Spatial Analysis I)
Thursday, February 27, 2014 (Spatial Analysis II)
TIME: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
LOCATION: Alderman Library, Room 421
Description: In recent years, social scientists have become increasingly aware of the way in which social phenomena such as voting, poverty, and the spread of disease are shaped by place and space. Towards this end, this workshop will introduce basic concepts in spatial data analysis, focusing in particular on the use of data associated with areal units such as states, counties, and census tracts, to name a few. In addition to discussing the methodological challenges and opportunities posed by the use of spatial data, we will work through the fundamentals of exploratory spatial data analysis and spatial regression through a step-by-step replication of existing work. The first half of the workshop will include a general methodological overview, along with a discussion of methods for detecting global and local spatial auto-correlation. Building on this material, the second half of the workshop will focus more specifically on the use of use linear regression to capture spatial heterogeneity and dependence.
Participants should be familiar with linear regression and basic statistics. The course will be taught using R, though participants without previous experience should still be able to follow along.
Presenter: Adam Slez, Professor of Sociology CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
TOPIC: Georeferencing a Map
TIME: 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
DATE: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
LOCATION: Alderman Library, Room 421
DESCRIPTION: Would you like to see historic map overlaid on modern aerial photography? Do you need to extract features of a map for use in GIS? Georeferencing is the first step. We will show you how to take a scan of a paper map and align in it in ArcGIS. Image from the Society for Georgia Archeology.
PRESENTERS: Chris Gist and Kelly Johnston
EDUCATIONAL POLICIES & SYSTEMS COMPARED
“The Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) is a recent World Bank initiative to produce comparative data and knowledge on education policies and institutions, with the aim of helping countries systematically strengthen their education systems. SABER evaluates the quality of education policies against evidence-based global standards, using new diagnostic tools and detailed policy data collected for the initiative. The SABER country reports give all parties with a stake in educational results-from administrators, teachers, and parents to policymakers and business people-an accessible, objective snapshot showing how well their country’s education system policies are oriented toward promoting Learning for All.” At this time there are 100 countries with some reports either completed or in process, but the United States is not among them.
FIND DATA REPOSITORIES
re3data.org (Registry of Research Data Repositories) is a directory of data repositories worldwide. You can easily search for data sets by topic, country, and content type. The repositories contain both restricted and non restricted data sets, code books and more. Information regarding access is provided along with citation information. In the course of this mission re3data.org aims to promote a culture of sharing, increased access and better visibility of research data.” Take a look at the re3data.org FAQs for more information.
EXAMPLE. We ran a search looking for data sets on minorities. Once we got the listing, we clicked on one of the repository’s URL, http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/RCMD/ . We were taken to the repositories web site where we could further refine our search using the filters on the left side of the page. This focused our search quickly and saved a lot of time!
NEED A DATASET FOR PRACTICE?
If you are looking for datasets to help you practice your statistical skills, you might find what you need at StatLib. StatLib, developed by the Department of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), is a system for distributing statistical software, datasets, and information by electronic mail, FTP and WWW. In their archives page, you can find an assortment of fun datasets to use for your practice. For example, these data tell whether or not the home team won for each game played in all World Series prior to 1994. In addition to the dataset, there are questions included for you to consider when conducting your analysis.
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.