Special Workshops

In addition to the more than 160 symposia and papers which will be presented at the main conference, ICSEI 2015 is pleased to present focused workshops for researchers and practitioners.
All activities at the Hilton Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio

Meta-Analysis:  An Introduction


Jeffrey C. Valentine, Ph.D., Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 8:30 ? 1:30, $50

The Workshop:
This half day workshop will be led by Dr. Jeffrey C. Valentine, who has over 15 years experience leading workshops on systematic reviewing and meta-analysis. In this workshop, topics will include the history and logic of meta-analysis, literature searching, and study coding, including assessing the quality of the included studies and an introduction to computing effect sizes. Participants will conduct a basic meta-analysis, and will learn the most important dimensions to consider when assessing the quality of a meta-analysis.

What is Meta-Analysis?
In statistics, meta-analysis refers to statistical methods for contrasting and combining results from different studies, in the hope of identifying patterns among study results, sources of disagreement among those results, or other interesting relationships that may come to light in the context of multiple studies.  Meta-analysis can be thought of as "conducting research about previous research." The motivation of a meta-analysis is to aggregate information in order to achieve a higher statistical power for your measure of interest and to investigate sources of variability across studies (i.e., why some studies say one thing about the effects of an intervention while other studies appear to say something quite different). In performing a meta-analysis, an investigator must make many choices that can affect its output, including deciding how to search for studies, selecting studies based on a set of objective criteria, dealing with incomplete data, analyzing the data, and accounting for or choosing not to account for publication bias. Meta-analyses are often, but not always, important components of a systematic review procedure.



Becoming a Skilled Consumer of Research

Presented by REL Midwest, Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 8:30 ? 12:30. No charge.
Dr. Shazia R. Miller, Dr. Jeanne Poduska, American Institutes for Research

As educators are increasingly called on to ensure that their decisions, programs, and strategies are ?data-driven,? ?research-based,? and ?evidence-based,? this interactive session is designed to provide tools and skills to help those in educational settings be informed consumers of research. The specific objectives of the workshop are to: provide practitioners with a strategy for identifying core issues; increase attendees? ability to explain the basic criteria for judging the quality of research and assessing its context; increase attendees? ability to apply the criteria to real-world information and judge quality and relevance of research; and provide attendees with straightforward tools to support their efforts to use research-based practices.
This workshop is designed to speak specifically to the practical needs of local and state education stakeholders?that is, the need for strategies to tightly frame their questions, find relevant documents, recognize the attributes of strong research, and sort through issues of context.

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Building Researchers? Capacity to Partner with Practitioners to Conduct Relevant and Useful Research

Presented by American Institutes for Research: Dr. Julie Kochanek, Dr. Carrie Scholz, Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 8:30 ? 12:30.  No charge.

The learning objectives for early career scholars and advanced researchers participating in this Workshop are  

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the various types of research-practice partnerships, their common features and stages ;

  • Gain insights from the lessons learned from successful partnerships;

  • Understand the steps needed to develop and realize a research-practice partnership?s theory of action.

The presenters will use a combination of brief presentations and hands-on exercises to build the participants? capacity to partner with practitioners to conduct relevant research.

This session will be divided into three specific segments: Examination of Collaborative Research Models, Lessons Learned from Successful Research-Practice Partnerships, and a Road Map for Realizing Your Theory of Action. During each segment, participants will be invited to ask questions, share reflective comments, and participate in hands-on exercises.

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