Courses - Interdepartmental Research Studies

Interdepartmental Research Studies

SPRING 2010

The Center for the Promotion of Research Involving Innovative Statistical Methodology ( The PRIISM Center), will be hosting the the Atlantic Causal Inference Conference on May 20th and 21st. Please refer to the website, in the conference section, for more information.

SPRING 2009

Dr. Jeffrey Steedle (Measurement Scientist, Council for Aid to Education) will be teaching E63.2141 -- Measurement: Modern test Theory on Wednesdays, 3:30pm - 6:10pm. This course examines the principles of psychological measurement and testing and the technical interpretation of test scores using modern test models, including Item Response Theory, with an emphasis on the Rasch model. Considers matters of reliability and validity as related to modern test theory. Emphasizes the application of test theory to computerized and/or adaptive testing. Utilizes statistical software to conduct analyses.

Jack Buckley will be teaching a Survey Research Methods Course (E10.2139) on Mondays, 4:55pm - 7:35pm. This course is appropriate for masters and doctoral students and will be a very thorough overview of the field with someone who has extensive practical experience in this area. Jack's brief bio is here.

Jennifer Hill will be teaching a Causal Inference course (E10.2012) on Friday mornings 9:30am-12:15pm. This is a version of her very popular course on causality taught when she was at Columbia University to SIPA, FAS and QMSS students. Jennifer was a student of Don Rubin (Harvard), who pioneered this field. A pre-requisite for this course is regression, particularly logistic regression, which if the student lacks can be picked up in a 2 credit course (E10.2004, to be described, below) that could serve as a co-requisite (only if needed). Jennifer's brief bio is here.

Sharon Weinberg will be teaching Advanced Modeling I: Topics in Multivariate Analysis (E10.2004), Tuesdays, 3:30pm-6:10pm (meets for the first seven weeks ONLY. Also, a suggested lab meets immediately following the class, for a
little over an hour), which is a 2 credit module covering logistic regression, MANOVA, repeated measures ANOVA, and an overview/introduction to hierarchical linear modeling (HLM).

Marc Scott will be teaching a Classification & Clustering course (E10.2011), Tuesdays, 3:30pm-6:10pm (meets for the second seven weeks of the term ONLY. Also, a suggested lab meets immediately following the class, for a
little over an hour), which is a 2 credit module covering visualization techniques, including multidimensional scaling, hierarchical clustering, model-based clustering (including Nagin clusters), discriminant Function analysis, model-based classification.

E10.2004 and E10.2011 can be taken concurrently as they are complementary half-term modular sequences.

SPRING 2007

E10.2139 Survey Research Methods will be offered for the first time since Fall 2004, with Sharon Weinberg and Marc Scott. Date and time to be announced.

FALL 2006

NEW COURSE: E10.2155 Economic Analysis for Education Policy, with Sean Corcoran, to meet Thursdays 4:55-7:35pm 3 pts. This is a basic course in microeconomics as applied to contemporary educational policy issues. For example, students would learn about labor markets to better understand the market for teachers (and related policies related to such--e.g. teachers unions, merit pay), the demand for schooling and human capital investment; education production functions, and the importance of peer effects; theories of competitive markets to inform the debate over school choice, etc. Date/time to be announced.

E10.1086 Basic Statistics II will not be offered in the fall. It is now a Spring only offering.

E10.2001 Educational Statistics I will be offered on a different date, now Wednesdays (not Mondays) from 3:30-6:10pm, with new faculty member Sean Corcoran.

E10.2081 Advanced Quantitative Methods I will be offered at a slightly different time, Tuesdays from 3:00-4:50pm, with Marc Scott. Required lab section follows from 5:00 - 6:30pm. Course space may be limited to 20 students, and prerequisite of Educational Statistics II (E10.2001; or equivalent) will be strictly enforced.

E10.2141 Qualitative Field Research II will not be offered Fall 2006. Those wishing to continue developing qualitative research skills are advised to consult with Mitchell Stevens, co-direcor of IDRS.

E10.2145 Foundations of Research will be offered Fall 2006 with Mitchell Stevens (it was last offered Fall 2005). This seminar provides individualized instruction to doctoral students who are either (1) formulating dissertation projects that will use qualitative methods, or (2) currently conducting qualitative research. Topics include project design and institutional research approval; data collection; and data analysis. Course requires instructor approval and access code.

E10.2401 Statistical Counseling (1 pt.; formerly E10.2101) will be offered Fall and Spring with Prof. Scott, but is limited to 5 students and requires instructor approval and access code.

E10.2995 Biostatistics I runs from 4:55-7:35pm (rather than 4:55-6:35, as in the past).

SUMMER 2006

E10.1085 Basic Statistics I will be offered during the first 6-week summer session, from 5:00-7:30pm, with C. Brewer.

E10.1086 Basic Statistics II will be offered during the second 6-week summer session, from 5:00-7:30pm, with S. Corcoran.

E10.1995 Introductory Biostatistics will be offered during the first 6-week summer session, from 5:30-8:00pm, with Erez Lenchner.

E10.2132 Empirical Research Methods will be offered during the first 6-week summer session, from 5:00-7:30pm, with W. Michael Reed.