TOPIC: Outcomes in Early Adulthood for Serious Adolescent Offenders
DATE: Friday, February 28, 2014
TIME: 11:00am – 12:30pm
LOCATION: Alumni Hall
DESCRIPTION: Dr. Edward Mulvey will discuss findings from the Pathways to Desistance study, a longitudinal project following 1,354 serious adolescent offenders for seven years after their appearance in court. The influence of a variety of factors will be discussed such as findings about the role of institutional placement and service provision, employment, and perceptions of the legal system. Policy implications of the study findings to date will also be discussed.
PRESENTER: Dr. Edward Mulvey
This talk is part of the Curry Research Lectureship Series. Members of the general public are welcome. Bagels and coffee will be served.
CASTL‘S WORKS IN PROGRESS MEETING
The CASTL faculty and students are hosting a Works in Progress (WIP) meeting and hope you will attend to offer your feedback and become more familiar with the who, what, and why of WIP meetings!
TOPIC: Opportunistic Biases: A Review of Their Origins, Prevalence, Effects, and Solutions
PRESENTER: Dr. Jamie DeCoster, Senior Scientist at CASTL
LOCATION: Bavaro Hall, Room 306 (The CLIC)
TIME: Friday, February 28, 2014, 2:00-3:00pm
ABSTRACT: Researchers commonly explore their data in multiple ways before deciding which analyses they will include in the final versions of their papers. While this improves the chances of researchers finding publishable results, it introduces an “opportunistic bias,” such that the reported relations are stronger or otherwise more supportive of the researcher’s theories than they would be without the exploratory process. The magnitudes of opportunistic biases can often be stronger than those of the effects being investigated, leading to invalid conclusions and a lack of clarity in research results. Authors typically do not report their exploratory procedures, so opportunistic biases are very difficult to detect just by reading the final version of a research report. In this article, we explain how a number of accepted research practices can lead to opportunistic biases, discuss the prevalence of these practices in psychology, consider the different effects that opportunistic biases have on psychological science, and review the strategies that methodologists have proposed to prevent or correct for the effects of these biases. The recent prominence of articles discussing questionable research practices both in scientific journals and in the public media underscores the importance of understanding how opportunistic biases are created and how we might undo their effects.
RESEARCH LECTURESHIP SERIES: BRIAN NOSEK
TOPIC: Scientific Utopia: An Agenda for Improving Openness and Reproducibility
LOCATION: Holloway Hall (Rm 116), Bavaro Hall
TIME: Friday March 7, 2014, 11:00am – 12:30pm
PRESENTER: Brian A. Nosek, Associate Professor, UVa Department of Psychology
ABSTRACT: We can improve scientific communication to increase efficiency in the accumulation of knowledge. This requires at least two changes to the present culture. One change is conceptual – embracing that progress is made more rapidly via identifying error in current beliefs than by finding support for current beliefs. Such a shift could reduce confirmation bias, unproductive theory testing, and the blinding desire to be right. The other change is practical – science will benefit by improving search and filter technologies for research to be competitive with the available technologies for finding hilarious videos of cats falling off of furniture. This presentation will focus on mechanisms to improve openness, integrity, and reproducibility in science. I will introduce the Center for Open Science (http://centerforopenscience.org/) and discuss present and possible futures of scientific communication. This talk is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL)
BE A CROWDSOURCING RESEARCH PARTICIPANT
Have you ever considered being a research subject or helping with a crowdsourcing project? If so, this may be your chance! In addition to co-founding and directing the Center for Open Science that is located in Charlottesville, Brian Nosek co-founded Project Implicit an Internet-based multi-university collaboration of research and education about implicit cognition – thoughts and feelings that exist outside of awareness or control. Nosek investigates the gap between values and practices – such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one’s intentions and goals. Research applications of this interest are implicit bias, diversity and inclusion, automaticity, social judgment and decision-making, attitudes, beliefs, ideology, morality, identity, memory, and barriers to innovation. Through lectures, training, and consulting, Nosek applies this scientific research to improve the alignment between personal and organizational values and practices. So where do you fit in to this research agenda? By going to the Project Implicit site, you can participate in this crowdsourcing research by taking one or more of the Implicit Bias quizzes.
BATTEN SCHOOL RESEARCH SERIES
TOPIC: Self-Control in School-Aged Children
PRESENTER: Angela Duckworth, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania
LOCATION: Garrett Hall, Commons (Rm. 206) (map)
TIME: Friday March 7, 2014, 10am – 11:30am
DESCRIPTION: Angela Duckworth studies competencies other than general intelligence that predict academic and professional achievement. Her research centers on self-control (the ability to regulate emotions, thoughts, and feelings in the service of valued goals) and grit (perseverance and sustained interest in long-term goals). She is particularly interested in the subjective experience of exerting self-control and grit – and conscious strategies which facilitate adaptive behavior in the face of temptation, frustration, and distraction.
Title: Handbook of Design in Educational Technology 2013
Editors: Rosemary Luckin; Sadhana Puntambekar; Peter Goodyear; Barbara L Grabowski; Joshua Underwood; Niall Winters
Overview: “The Handbook of Design in Educational Technology provides up-to-date, comprehensive summaries and syntheses of recent research pertinent to the design of information and communication technologies to support learning. Readers can turn to this handbook for expert advice about each stage in the process of designing systems for use in educational settings; from theoretical foundations to the challenges of implementation, the process of evaluating the impact of the design and the manner in which it might be further developed and disseminated.” – Publisher
Title: Handbook of Engaged Scholarship: Contemporary Landscapes, Future Directions 2010
Volume 1 – Institutional Change (Online)
Volume 2 – Community-Campus Partnerships (Online)
Editors: Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Cathy Burack, & Sarena D. Seifer
Overview: “In this two-volume collection, contributors capture the rich diversity of institutions and partnerships that characterize the contemporary landscape and the future of engaged scholarship. Volume One addresses such issues as the application of engaged scholarship across types of colleges and universities and the current state of the movement. Volume Two contains essays on such topics as current typologies, measuring effectiveness and accreditation, community-campus partnership development, national organizational models, and the future landscape.” — Publisher
YOUR LIBRARIANS ARE ONLY A PHONE CALL AWAY!
We know the deadline for research papers is just around the corner. If you need some assistance using databases to find those peer reviewed journal articles, you can get help right away Monday – Friday from 8am-5pm. Call the CLIC librarians at 434-924-7040434-924-7040 or drop by our office space in room 306, Bavaro Hall. If you prefer to arrange a Skype session consult, just email us!
FREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CLASSES
P2PU, an open, online university, is offering a professional development course for K-12 educators from its School of Open. While the course is free, you do need to create a P2PU account and register for the course. The class begins Monday, March 3. There are other courses that can be taken at any time.
Copyright 4 Educators (US)
This is a course for educators who want to learn about US copyright law in the education context. The course is taught around practical case studies faced by teachers when using copyright material in their day-to-day teaching. To sign up, apply using the Google form — also linked at the top of the course page.
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.
TOPIC: Text Mining with R
DATE: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
TIME: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
LOCATION: Brown Science & Engineering Library, Room 133
DESCRIPTION: Text mining (sometimes referred to as text analytics) involves the analysis of textual data. Some well-known examples include document classification, plagiarism detection, and spam filters. In this workshop we’ll get you started with text mining using the free open-source R statistical package. We’ll show you how to import, preprocess and transform texts for the purposes of exploratory analyses, classification and prediction.
DATA MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
TOPIC: Managing Collaborations with Collaboration Management Systems: UVa Box, UVa Collab, Google Docs & Google Drive
DATE: Thursday, March 6, 2014
TIME: 10:00am to 11:30am
LOCATION: Bavaro Hall, room 306 (The CLIC)
DESCRIPTION: Much research is done collaboratively — between colleagues, graduate students, and fellow researchers at UVa and across institutions. We’ll look at tools to facilitate and manage research collaborations. Do you need a ‘static’ tool that provides safe and secure file sharing, a ‘dynamic’ tool that will allow interactive editing of documents, or tool that will allow virtual face-to-face discussions and presentations? You probably want a system that includes all of these components. We’ll look at what is available from the University, and some of the openly available options.
PRESENTERS: Bill Corey, UVa Library Data Management Consulting Group and Nancy Kechner, UVa Library StatLab
TOPIC: Historic Census Data
DATE: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
LOCATION: Alderman Library, Room 421 (map)
DESCRIPTION: Would you like to map the poverty in Philadelphia around the turn of the 20th Century? How about a racial breakdown by state in the 1860s? This workshop will focus on how to download historic census boundary and tabular data to make historic demographic maps.
All sessions assume attendees have no previous experience using GIS. Sessions will be hands-on with step-by-step tutorials and expert assistance. They are free to attend and are open to the UVa and larger Charlottesville community.
PRESENTERS: Chris Gist and Kelly Johnston, GIS Lab experts
Map courtesy of the U. S. Census Bureau’s History maps.
SCHOLAR’S LAB WORKSHOP
TOPIC: Introduction to Screen Scraping
DATE: Wednesday, March 5
LOCATION: Alderman Library, Room 421
Have you ever found data on the web that you need to use, but when you look for the “download” button, it’s not there? If so, we can help you. In this workshop, we’ll start with a quick introduction to Python. We’ll also talk about several libraries that are commonly used to download pages and pull information out of them. And by the end of the session, we’ll have downloaded a web page and extracted data from it into a format that we can easily load into Excel, a database, or a statistical package.
INSTRUCTOR: Eric Rochester
Image courtesy of James Ehly’s blog site, devtrench.com
NCES UPDATES IDE PISA DATA
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has added data from the 2012 administration of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) to the International Data Explorer (IDE). The IDE is an online, interactive tool that allows users to explore international assessment data and create customized tables and charts. The PISA Data Explorer is now available in English and Spanish.
The PISA IDE now includes data from all 5 administrations of PISA: 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2012. PISA measures the performance of 15-year-old students in mathematics, science, and reading literacy every 3 years.
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.