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methods@manchester Summer School: Factor Analysis for Integrated Mixed Methods Research
03/07/2017 - 07/07/2017
Humanities Bridgeford Street Building
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This summer school strand approaches mixed methods from the viewpoint that methods can be integrated not separated at the analysis stage. It focuses on the use of case-studies and the case-study comparative method in mixed-methods research contexts. The content focuses on the topics:
The school offers unique new training, developed specifically for this outlet, in several of these areas. This one-week event involves 28 hours of contact time of which about 5-6 hours are computer practicals led by the experienced tutor, Wendy Olsen, based on previous experiences with similar kinds of materials. The computer practicals for factor analysis include applications of SPSS AMOS which has a graphical interface (nice pathway diagrams), STATA which from version 15 also has such an interface, and Excel software. There is 7/16 overlap of a comparative research stream (“QCA and Fuzzy Sets”) with this Factor Analysis mixed-methods stream (7 sessions out of 16). Thus, you will meet people who also use qualitative research and do comparative projects. Your knowledge of epistemology and realist philosophy of science will grow, giving a good underpinning to your statistical and survey research.
The organisation of the course involves lectures, active learning and a project. Each day up to two lectures and one ‘lectorial’ occur. A lectorial is active learning led from the front with guided small group work. The project is individually done and will lead to the creation of a poster display with hot links. Participants may want to bring their own laptops (but it’s optional).
The aims of the course are:
This course will be presented by Wendy Olsen.
Wendy Olsen joined Manchester University in 2002 and is Professor of Socio-Economics. She worked till 2014 both for the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) and in the Discipline of Social Statistics. She is Director of the MSc in Social Research Methods & Statistics degree programme in Social Sciences (http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/DocuInfo.aspx?DocID=24892). She has previously taught sociology, development economics, and research methodology. She teaches statistics and PhD research methodology as well as computerised qualitative data analysis, the comparative method, the case-study method, and topics in political economy (e.g. child labour in India). She has release from some of her teaching duties due to research projects (see . She is fostering the use of mixed-methods research among statistical and other researchers.
Students will gain most if they already tried regression or used microdata once or twice before. They should already be familiar with SPSS or STATA but not necessarily both. Full guidance will be given about using the software. Sample programmes will be supplied, making it easier to use the software.
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Wendy Olsen, Stephanie Thomson
University of Manchester (DTC Course)
Intermediate (some prior knowledge)
£600 students; £900 others
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