QM teachers project

A series of free one-day workshops for teachers, or would-be teachers, of quantitative methods for social science undergraduates.

The workshops involve a mixture of presentations, question and answer sessions, and structured discussion. To join the mailing list or for more information please email qmteachers@sociology.ox.ac.uk

For more information and discussion about some of the themes from the workshops so far see this paper: 'Doing it your way: The Variation in, and Importance of, Personal Style in Teaching Quantitative Methods for University Social Science Students'

Project organisers: Stephen Fisher, Nicola Brimblecombe and Jane Greig, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford.

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This project is kindly funded by the ESRC Undergraduate Quantitative Methods Researcher Development Initiative.
ESRC award number - ES/J01155X/1

Quantitative Methods: Materials from past workshops

January 2015

Workshop for Teachers of Quantitative Methods for Social Scientists: Chris Zorn and Cees van der Eijk

Chris Zorn’s talk, “Big Data' in the Social Sciences", focussed on (a) integrating contemporary data science approaches into undergraduate instruction, and (b) using "big data" examples to generate and maintain students' interest.

Slides from Chris Zorn's talk are available here. Podcasts from the talk will be available soon.

Cees van der Eijk’s talk, “Contextualising Research Methods”, focussed on  the need in  successful methods teaching to locate methods topics in (a) the context of substantive research questions and examples, but also (b) the context of a ‘repertoire’ of methodological tools and approaches, and (c) the context of alternative ways of structuring data.

There are no slides from Cees van der Eijk's talk but podcasts will be available soon.

June 2014

Workshop on Software Choice for Teachers of Quantitative Methods for Social Science: John Fox and Rob Johns

This one day workshop for teachers, or would-be teachers, of quantitative methods for undergraduate sociology and social policy students and also graduate introductory level courses in sociology and social policy was held at the Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, in June 2014

For video and audio podcasts from John Fox's presentation click here

For slides from John Fox's presentation click here

For video and audio podcasts from Rob John's presentation click here

For slides from Rob John's presentation click here

January 2014

Workshop for Teachers of Quantitative Methods in Sociology and Social Policy: Bob Andersen and Wendy Olsen

This was a free one day workshop for teachers, or would-be teachers, of quantitative methods for undergraduate sociology and social policy students and also graduate introductory level courses in sociology and social policy. It took place at the Department of Sociology, University of Oxford.

Slides from Bob Andersen's talk can be found here, an abstract of Wendy Olsen's talk can be found here, and slides from Wendy Olsen's talk can be found here. Audio and video podcasts are also available here for Wendy Olsen's talk, and here for Bob Andersen's talk.

September 2013

Andrew Gelman and Sean Carey: Workshop for Teachers of Quantitative Methods for Social Scientists

Slides from Andrew Gelman's presentation can be found here. Video and audio podcasts are available here, or see the embedded video below.

Slides from Sean Carey's presentation can be found here. Video and audio podcasts are available here, or see the embedded video below.

Andrew Gelman and Sean Carey discussed their experiences and what they think works well for teaching quantitative methods to undergraduate social scientists. The workshop involved presentations from both speakers, question and answer, and structured discussion sessions at which participants could raise issues that were most relevant to their teaching and experience.

July 2013

Andy Field and Manfred te Grotenhuis:
Workshop for Teachers of Quantitative Methods to Mixed Ability and Less Enthusiastic Social Science Students

Click here for slides from Andy Field's presentation and here for a video of the presentation and here for an audio podcast, or see the embedded YouTube video below.

Click here for slides from Manfred te Grotenhuis's presentation and here for a video of the presentation and here for an audio podcast, or see the embedded YouTube video below.

September 2012

September 2012 Workshop for teachers of quantitative methods in political science

William G. Jacoby

William G. Jacoby is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. He is also a Research Scientist at the University of Michigan, where he is Director of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. Dr. Jacoby received his B.A. from the University of Delaware, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Jacoby's areas of specialization are mass political behaviour and quantitative methodology. His substantive research currently focuses on ideology and personal value choices in public opinion and voting behaviour. His methodological interests include measurement theory, scaling methods, and statistical graphics.

Click here for slides from Bill Jacoby's presentation

Click here for an audio podcast of Bill Jacoby's presentation or search for 'Bill Jacoby Oxford' in the iTunes store. Podcasts are free to access and download.

Click here for a video podcast of Bill Jacoby's presentation or search for 'Bill Jacoby Oxford' in the iTunes store. Podcasts are free to access and download.

Paul Kellstedt

Paul Kellstedt is Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University. He is co-author (with Guy Whitten) of The Fundamentals of Political Science Research (Cambridge, 2009), and also of The Mass Media and the Dynamics of American Racial Attitudes (Cambridge, 2003), which won a 2004 Goldsmith Book Prize. His substantive work focuses on the over-time dynamics in public opinion and political behaviour, which has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, British Journal of Political Science, and Public Opinion Quarterly, among others. In addition to teaching quantitative research methods to undergraduate political science students at Texas A&M, he has taught or had visiting appointments at Nuffield College, Oxford, Brown University, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Click here for slides from Paul Kellstedt's presentation

Click here for an audio podcast of Paul Kellstedt's presentation or search for 'Paul Kellstedt Oxford' in the iTunes store. Podcasts are free to access and download.

Click here for a video podcast of Paul Kellstedt's presentation or search for 'Paul Kellstedt Oxford' in the iTunes store. Podcasts are free to access and download.

June 2012

June 2012 Workshop for teachers of quantitative methods for social science undergraduates

Alan Agresti

Alan Agresti is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Statistics, University of Florida. He has written more than 100 articles and six books, including Categorical Data Analysis, which has received more than 12,000 citations in journal articles, and Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences (with Barbara Finlay), an introductory textbook for undergraduate or graduate students. He received an Honorary Doctor of Science from De Montfort University in 1999, the Statistician of the Year Award from the Chicago chapter of the American Statistical Association in 2003, and the first Herman Callaert Leadership Award in Statistical Education and Dissemination from Hasselt University, Belgium in 2004. He has lectured on categorical data methods in more than 30 countries.

Click here for slides from Alan Agresti's presentation

Click here for an audio podcast of Alan Agresti's presentation or search for 'Alan Agresti Oxford' in the iTunes store. Podcasts are free to access and download.

Click here for a video podcast of Alan Agresti's presentation or search for 'Alan Agresti Oxford' in the iTunes store. Podcasts are free to access and download.

 

Laura Stoker

Laura Stoker is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where she lectures on quantitative methods and analysis. Her research focuses on the development and change of political attitudes, and behaviour, and she has published widely in this area. She also writes on topics at the intersection of research design and statistics, including the optimal design of multi-level studies, problems of aggregation in cross-sectional and longitudinal research, and design-based approaches to estimating age, period, and cohort effects. She regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on research design and statistics. Stoker has served on the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies 1994-2002 (Chair 2000-2002). She was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, a Hallsworth Fellow at the University of Manchester and a Politics Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University.

Click here for a video podcast of Laura Stoker's presentation or search for 'Laura Stoker Oxford' in the iTunes store. Podcasts are free to access and download.

Click here for an audio podcast of Laura Stoker's presentationor search for 'Laura Stoker Oxford' in the iTunes store. Podcasts are free to access and download.