Scale Construction and Development

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Date(s) - 05/31/2018 - 06/01/2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Temple University Center City


New seminar taught by Dr. Tenko Raykov on Scale Construction and Development will be on May 31-June 1. This two-day seminar hosted by Statistical Horizons provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of scale construction and development in the social and behavioral sciences, especially as applied to empirical settings where measuring instruments consist of multiple components or items with no guessing. Throughout the seminar, many empirical examples are utilized from the clinical, educational and social disciplines. The popular latent variable modeling software Mplus is used for all the examples, along with a detailed discussion of the command syntax and interpretation of the output.

Participants in this seminar can expect to come away with:

1. A nuanced understanding of the conceptual foundations and basic mathematical and statistical relationships underlying behavioral instrument construction and development.
2. The ability to understand, interpret and explain the output from statistical software for achieving the goals of psychometric scale construction and revision.
3. An appreciation of the advantages of a thorough study of the underlying latent structure of a tentative version of a multi-component instrument.
4. Practical tools and strategies for constructing an initial version of a scale.
5. Methods for revising a scale in order to achieve higher psychometric standards.
6. The ability to deal with issues arising in the practice of scale construction and development.

To benefit from this seminar, you should have the equivalent of one or more semesters of statistics: a good introductory course with some treatment of probability and random variables as well as regression analysis. Some knowledge of multivariate statistics would also be helpful, but is not essential.

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