University of Prishtina Professors Receive Training in SPSS and more
This week, Professors Jeffrey Anderson, Evan Mickey and John Hitchcock from Indiana University’s School of Education delivered a set of research, statistics and methods workshops at the University of Prishtina’s Faculty of Education.
The workshops, which included tutorials ranging from the use of statistical software to combining qualitative and quantitative research methods, complemented the ongoing weekly research seminars that have been taking place at the Faculty of Education on Fridays. Both the workshops and seminars are part of Indiana University’s goal to improve the level and quality of academic research at the Faculty of Education, through the Transformational Leadership Program – Scholarships and Partnerships.
Evan Mickey presenting on Qualtrics to professors from the Faculty of Education at the University of Prishtina.
The Indiana University faculty members started the day off with an introduction to the statistical software SPSS, working through examples of producing descriptive analyses, linear regressions, ANOVAs and t-tests, among other functions. Jeff Anderson tackled the tutorial using colorful examples and data sets from his own research in the field of special education. Professors from UP’s Faculty of Education had the opportunity to participate via questions and the development of examples that concern their own research projects.
Later in the day, the consultants introduced the Qualtrics platform, a powerful online surveying tool for collecting both qualitative and quantitative data. In the spirit of combining qualitative and quantitative data, the workshop continued with a lecture on how using mixed-methods during one’s research can help answer different research questions, and how to best design such a mixed-methods approach.
The UP professors who attended the workshops have been working on their own research projects, facilitated through the weekly research seminars organized by Indiana University.
John Hitchcock (left) and Jeffrey Anderson (right) presenting on mixed research methods and SPSS respectively.
Seven research clusters have emerged out of those seminars, with topics ranging from Kosovo’s natural heritage to its preschool education to discourse of historical books. The statistics workshops allowed academic staff from the Faculty of Education to receive tailored guidance to their own ongoing research projects, and future research as well.
The culmination of all of the University of Prishtina and Indiana University’s efforts in the field of academic research is the Scientific Summer Symposium, organized by the Transformational Leadership Program – Scholarships and Partnerships and the Modernizing Teacher Education at the University of Prishtina project.
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