This topic is designed for students who wish to understand and use advanced statistical techniques. The topic aims to prepare students in education to select and employ appropriate analytical procedures for the examination of data collected in surveys, quasi-experimental research studies and longitudinal studies, as well as to draw appropriate conclusions and interpret the research findings from such studies. The topic concentrates on the understanding and use of the analytical procedures of linear and multiple regression, and data reduction techniques. Multilevel regression and structural equation modelling are introduced. The programs SPSS, AMOS and HLM are used. A central goal of the topic is to enable students to evaluate critically contemporary educational research and to contribute to that research.
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