Using International Databases to Address Substantive Issues in Education, 24-26 June 2014
Laura M. O' Dwyer, PhD



Laura M. O’Dwyer, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation Department at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College. Laura’s expertise is in quantitative research methods and design, and advanced data analysis. At Boston College, she teaches quantitative research methods, introductory and intermediate statistics, survey research methods, deign of experiments, and hierarchical linear modeling. Laura has extensive experience in the analysis of large-scale data sets such as PISA, TIMSS, and PIRLS and in designing research and evaluation studies. She was the recipient of the Bruce H. Choppin Memorial Award presented by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) in recognition of her contribution to the field of educational research and measurement using TIMSS data. She has contributed to numerous studies that examined ways for improving teacher quality and student outcomes. These studies examined issues such as the implications of technology use for pre-service and in-service teachers, the impact of technology-infused professional development programs on teacher and student content knowledge, and the relationship between the organizational characteristics of schools and teachers’ use of technology as a teaching and learning tool. O’Dwyer has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters, and her latest work, a book titled Quantitative Research for Qualitative Researchers, was recently published by Sage, Inc. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from NUIG in Applied Physics and Electronics (1992), and Applied Geophysics (1993), respectively.