Structural Equation Modelling for Cross-Sectional Data
Venue: Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, UK
Presenter: Katy Sindall
Dates of Course: Monday 16th - Tuesday 17th January 2012
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Summary of Course:
This 2-day course will provide an introduction to the structural equation modelling framework and illustrate what it can be used for by substantive analysts across the social sciences. In addition to covering the core ideas and principles of the SEM framework, course participants will be provided with hands-on experience of fitting a number of structural equation models to publicly available data. The presentation of ideas will be at the conceptual level. Formulae will be kept to a minimum. The focus of the course is on the application of structural equation models for addressing real substantive questions. Lab classes will use the software package Amos 18 and data examples will be drawn from the European Social Survey (ESS).
- To provide an introduction to structural equation modelling.
- To provide hands on training in setting up, running and interpreting models using AMOS 18
This course will include the following topics:
- Introduction to structural equation modelling
- Model fit and model modification
- The confirmatory factor model
- The MIMIC model
- Multiple-group models
- Mediation models
The course is aimed at researchers, especially those in the social, educational and medical sciences, PhD students, market researchers and those engaged in research in the public and third sectors who wish to familiarise themselves with structural equation modelling and how it can be used to address substantive research questions.
Participants on this course should already be familiar with basic statistical theory, including inference and multiple linear regression. Familiarity with the principles and practice of factor analysis would be useful but is not a pre-requisite. No prior knowledge of Structural Equation Modelling software will be assumed.
Participants will receive written course notes.
Katy Sindall is a Lecturer in Social Science Research Methods at the University of Southampton. She has previously worked as a researcher for both the Metropolitan Police and the Ministry of Justice. Her interests are in public opinion research, particularly concerning perceptions of the police and crime, and the application of advanced quantitative methods to explore such substantive areas. She has experience of teaching quantitative methods courses and short courses in structural equation modelling.
£30 per day for UK registered students. £60 per day for staff from UK academic institutions (including research centres), ESRC funded researchers and UK registered charitable organisations. £220 per day for all other participants. The course fee includes course materials, lunches and morning and afternoon refreshments. Travel and accommodation are to be arranged and paid for by the participant.
Location and Accommodation:
The course will be held at the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, Building 39, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ. Participants are left to make their own accommodation arrangements. Further information on local accommodation and course location is available here.
This is a 2-day course. The course will begin with coffee and registration at 9.30am with formal teaching starting at 10.00am on the first day. It will finish at around 5.00pm on the second day.
For participants who wish to do background reading, the following references may be useful.
- Loehlin J. C. (1987) Latent Variable Models: An Introduction to Factor, Path, and Structural Analysis. Hillsdale, H.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
- Bollen, K. A. and Curran, P. J. (2006) Latent Variable Models: A Structural Equation Perspective. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley.
Deadlines and Refunds:
Course places are limited and early registration is recommended. Please be aware that we will only hold a place without payment for a limited time.
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A full refund is available for cancellations made up to one calendar month before the course, but no refunds are available for cancellations after this date. Please note, in case of a cancellation, an administration charge of up to £30 may apply.