Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2017 Archive

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Qualitative and quantitative research methods

MULTILEVEL MODELLING: WHAT IS IT? WHEN SHOULD YOU USE IT? WHAT ARE ITS YIELDS?

17 May 2017

How much variation in achievement, motivation and engagement is there from student-to-student, class-to-class, and school-to-school? How much variation in income or unemployment is there from house-to-house, suburb-to-suburb, and council-to-council? Answers to these questions hold significant implications for policy and practice. Multilevel (or hierarchical linear) modelling is used to explore the extent to which variance in a particular phenomenon resides at the individual or group level. Education, for example, is a classic domain in which there exists hierarchically structured data, with the most obvious structure being students nested within classes that are nested within schools. Under hierarchical structures, it is hypothesised that individuals, and the group to which they belong, influence – and are influenced by – each other.

As Goldstein [2003, p2] notes: “to ignore this relationship risks overlooking the importance of group effects, and may also render invalid many of the traditional statistical analysis techniques used for studying data relationships”. In the 1980s, researchers began modelling approaches to hierarchically structured data. However, it was not until the 1990s that efficient software was developed to account for the hierarchical structure of data, and research following from these software developments demonstrated the importance of treating data in this way. Today, multilevel modelling is routinely used in educational and social research. Using recent educational research examples, this presentation describes multilevel modelling, provides guidance on when it should be used, and outlines the benefits of using this analytic approach.

Event details

  • When: 4–6pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing the research student liaison officer.

  • Contact: Research Student Liaison officer
    T: +61 2 9351 6268
    E: edsw.rslo@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/doctoral_studies/research_training_support/research_training_modules/qualitative-and-quantitative-2017.shtml

  • Speaker: Andrew Martin is Scientia Professor, Professor of Educational Psychology, and co-chair of the Educational Psychology Research Group in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales. He specialises in motivation, engagement, achievement, and quantitative research methods. He is also Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford, Honorary Professor in Sydney School of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney, and president of the International Association of Applied Psychology’s Division 5 Educational and School Psychology. He is associate editor of British Journal of Educational Psychology, associate editor of School Psychology International, consulting editor for Educational Psychology, and serves on numerous international and national editorial boards (Journal of Educational Psychology; Educational Psychologist; Contemporary Educational Psychology; Learning and Individual Differences; Educational and Developmental Psychologist; Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools).

Qualitative and quantitative research methods

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

17 May 2017


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