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May 10-11: Teaching ‘Methods Workshop’ to feature Gregory Hancock

By Kara McMurray, College of Education

The Learning and Performance Research Center at Washington State University is hosting its sixth annual Methods Workshop, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Friday, May 10-11, on the Pullman campus.

This year’s presenter, Gregory Hancock, is back for his third appearance at the workshop. He was the inaugural speaker in 2013 and presented in 2015. Both times, Hancock focused on Structural Equation Modeling (SEM). This time he will address latent growth curve models, including a review of SEM, latent means models, more traditional longitudinal models with an SEM framework, a thorough coverage of traditional linear latent growth models, and more complex modeling variations.

Brian French, director of the Learning and Performance Research Center and professor of psychometrics and research methods, said he is excited to bring Hancock back again this year.

At the University of Maryland, College Park, Hancock is a professor, distinguished scholar-teacher, director of the measurement, statistics and evaluation program in the department of human development and quantitative methodology, and the director of the Center for Integrated Latent Variable Research.

Hancock “is an award-winning researcher and teacher,” said French, “and has a way of bringing methodologies to life through his instruction.”

His research interests include structural equation modeling and latent growth models, as well as the use of latent variables in experimental design.

“We are excited to learn from Hancock about modeling variance in learning and performance outcomes across the lifespan that applies to a variety of social and behavioral sciences as well as the nonsocial and behavioral sciences,” French said.

The Methods Workshop began six years ago as a means to expose students and faculty to opportunities not typically available at WSU.

To learn more, see the Methods Workshop website.



Kara McMurray, communications coordinator, WSU College of Education, 509-551-6661, kara­­

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