Pre-conference Workshops

The registration form for the Workshops is now available!

Day:          Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Time:        16:00-20:00
Duration:   4hours
Title:          Better ways to demonstrate longitudinal effects
Instructor:   Kai S. Cortina, PhD, Combined Program in Education & Psychology, Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Description: In longitudinal studies in educational research we often find that psychosocial variables like learning, motivation or self-efficacy beliefs have disappointingly small effects on learning judged by the size of the standardized regression weight in models based on direct prediction (e.g. cross-lagged models, autoregressive models). Even if the effects of psychosocial predictors are significant, their specific predictive power substantially drops when cognitive predictor variables are controlled. While there are substantive explanations for this phenomenon, this workshop will systematically explore the underlying statistical flaws of the standard approaches and why they tend to underestimate the impact of psychosocial variables.
Starting with simple variance algebra, this workshop will unpack the basic rationale of the analysis of change on the individual level and how this translates into the analysis of variance components in a sample. We will explore the effect of measurement error and the different ways of standardization that affect the amount of variances explained in longitudinal regression analysis. In a non-technical manner, the workshop will unfold the rationale of alternative approaches that give a less biased account of the importance of motivational variables (latent growth models, latent difference models). Using prepared data sets and syntax with extensive commentary participants will be enabled to run different approaches themselves using standard software (SPSS, LISREL, MPlus, HLM).
Number of Participants: 20-25 
Technical Requirements: tba

Day:          Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Time:        16:00-19:00
Duration:   3hours
Title:     Using event sampling methods and multilevel analytic techniques: A critical introduction
Instructor:   Konstantinos Kafetsios, Psychology Department, University of Crete
Description: Event Sampling Methodologies (ESM, e.g., Social Interaction Records, Diary studies, End of day self-reports) have been an increasingly popular and powerful research tool. These data intensive methods require the careful planning of all research stages, from crafting the question to analyzing the data. The seminar will discuss common practices and considerations arising from the use of ESM on all those stages. The first part will place emphasis on the nature of the self-reported data collected and the frame of reference. The second part will introduce multilevel analyses and the ways they can be used to answer questions regarding relationships among variables at different levels. Drawing on examples from motivation research, the second part will discuss the conceptual bases of nested designs, and will introduce the fundamentals of treating and analyzing multilevel data. A rudimentary understanding of psychometric techniques and multiple regression is required for attending the seminar.
Number of Participants:   20-25
Technical Requirements: tba

Day:          Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Time:        16:00-19:00
Duration:   3hours
Title:         Nonlinear Methods and Catastrophe Theory Applications: An Introductory Workshop
Instructor:  Dimitrios Stamovlasis, PhD, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Description: Research Methodology is crucial in social sciences because it is strongly associated to the advancement of theory and the development of new applications. In psychology research, when studying processes of mind and actions, there are cases where the traditional approaches, which assume linear relationships and linear causality, are not adequate to provide coherent explanations of the observed behavior. In such cases, further exploration of empirical data with nonlinear methods is a recommended step towards understanding those processes, which actually are nonlinear and dynamic in nature. This pre-conference workshop comprises a lucid introduction to selected nonlinear methodologies that are well suited to broad and interdisciplinary applications across psychological sciences. The workshop is divided into three sections: First, a general presentation of Nonlinear Dynamics Systems and Complexity Theory is provided with basic concepts and tools, along with the fundamental philosophical - ontological and epistemological- issues, which differentiate the above research framework as a distinct paradigm. The second part focuses on Catastrophe theory, which describes and predicts discontinuous changes of events and it is the more applicable in psychology with empirical supporting evidence. The basic mathematical formalism of stochastic Catastrophe theory will be examined along with the related notions, such as, bimodality, attractors, repellors, bifurcations, hysteresis, and control variables. A special attention will be given to the motivational research by analyzing aspects of the modeling philosophe and by reviewing the recent literature in this area. Finally, the third part will be a technical tutorial on the contemporary statistical approaches utilized to test nonlinear hypotheses related to catastrophes with real data from research on motivation.The workshop appeals to all, but especially to new researchers and graduate students who want to be introduced to nonlinear methods or acquire a better understanding of the works using related methodologies or those who plan to design and conduct a research involving catastrophe theory modeling.
Number of Participants:   20-25
Technical Requirements: tba


Seminars for Greek Teachers
Σεμινάρια για Έλληνες Εκπαιδευτικούς

Tuesday 23rd August 2016 / Τρίτη 23 Αυγούστου 2016
10:00-13:00 (3hours / 3 ώρες)
registration fee: 30€ / κόστος εγγραφής: 30€
limited number of participants / περιορισμένος αριθμός συμμετεχόντων

Promoting student motivation: Evidence-based practices for teachers
Eleftheria Gonida, School of Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Ενδυναμώνοντας τα κίνητρα παιδιών και εφήβων για μάθηση και σχολική επιτυχία: Εμπειρικά τεκμηριωμένες προτάσεις εφαρμογής 
Ελευθερία Γωνίδα, Τμήμα Ψυχολογίας, Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης

Abstract in Greek / Περίληψη στα Ελληνικά

Promoting self-regulating learning in the school context
Panayiota Metallidou, School of Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Προαγωγή της αυτο-ρυθμιζόμενης μάθησης στο σχολικό πλαίσιο
Παναγιώτα Μεταλλίδου,  Τμήμα Ψυχολογίας, Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης

Abstract in Greek / Περίληψη στα Ελληνικά

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