Using International Databases to Address Substantive Issues in Education, 24-26 June 2014



This Summer School is designed to prepare participants to conduct analyses with international databases to address substantive research questions in education. The three-day workshop will introduce participants to multiple international databases and focusing on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), will provide hands-on instruction on the use of multilevel regression modeling for analyzing PISA data.


The overall goal of the Summer School is to prepare participants to access international databases and to use those databases in substantive research. The institute will include lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on instruction. Specifically, the Summer School will include the following:

         Overview of international database survey sample designs, data components, and access;

         The methodological and technical issues relevant to using international databases;

         Introduction to multilevel regression modeling for analyzing data from international studies; and

         Instruction and hands-on practice using multilevel regression modeling with Irelandís PISA data.


The Summer School aims to balance the statistical concepts introduced with the practical application for analyzing PISA data. Participants will be provided with the materials and instruction needed to develop a solid understanding of multilevel regression modeling as it applies to PISA data, and to be able to thoughtfully apply a variety of basic and advanced multilevel regression models. Since each dayís instruction and activities build on those introduced on the previous day, participants should plan to attend all three days.