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Michael Nakkula
Michael Nakkula

UTSA hosts April 1 research design symposium

(March 30, 2005)--The Research and Development Committee of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development hosts a mixed-methods, research design symposium at 10 a.m., Friday, April 1 in the Buena Vista Street Building Assembly Room (1.338) at the Downtown Campus. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Michael Nakkula, director of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will deliver the keynote address, "From Error to Meaning: Using Qualitative Data to Analyze Residuals in Regression Analysis." Additionally, he will lead a brown-bag workshop on mixed methodologies in research on youth development and education.

Nakkula is author of "Matters of Interpretation: Reciprocal Transformation in Therapeutic and Developmental Relationships with Youth." Additionally, he is director of Project Inventing the Future (Project IF), which works with youth from low-income backgrounds.

The symposium includes roundtable discussions of mixed-methods research design led by UTSA faculty and doctoral students. Mixed-methods design incorporates quantitative and qualitative research.

The aim of quantitative research is to determine how one thing (a variable) affects another in a population, focusing on numerical data. Qualitative research examines the "whys" or motivations involving the variable.

The Research and Deveopment Committee members are Rosalind Horowitz (chair), Maria Franquiz, Michael Karcher, Alan Shoho and John Zhang.

For more information, contact Rosalind Horowitz, professor of interdisciplinary learning and teaching, at (210) 458-2672.

--Bronwyn Wingo

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Roundtable topics and UTSA researchers leading discussion

  • Mixed-methods and beyond:  Exploring paradigm triangulation research designs
    Raymond Padilla
  • An introduction to qualitative methods for the quantitative researcher
    Earle Reybold
  • Using the law of comparative judgments to transform qualitative data into a quantitative index: A study of high-stakes testing pressure and student achievement across 25 states
    Sharon Nichols
  • Q-sort methodology and its use in qualitative and quantitative research
    Heather Trepal
  • Grounded theory: Analysis of textual data from interviews
    Shane Haberstroh
  • Regression analyses, moderators, and interviews with those well and poorly explained by regression analyses
    Michael Karcher, Laura Roy-Carlson
  • An investigation of online environments for follow-up to a professional development for Texas school librarians: Layered MANCOVA and constant-comparative methods
    Marybeth Green
  • Using multi-level models in school-based research
    Zenong Yin
  • Evaluating the replicability of sample results: A tutorial of double cross-validation methods
    Jianmin Guan
  • What makes a text easy or difficult?: New methodologies for analysis of school texts
    Rosalind Horowitz
  • Use of case studies and other methods to explore at-risk 4th grade self esteem
    Daniel Gomez
  • Mixed methods: Using regression analyses to identify outliers for qualitative interviews
    Sabina DeVries Kell, Albert Valadez

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