ITP: Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences ITP: Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Spring 2008 Interdisciplinary Training Seminar in Education Sciences

Sociology 875
Fridays, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
13th floor boardroom, Ed Sciences Building


(scroll down for list of references)

January 25:

Robert M. Hauser, Sociology, "Measuring Socioeconomic Status in the National Assessment of Educational Progress."
[Readings: "Proposed items" ; "Reliability of student and parent reports" ; "Plan for analyzing ECLS-K data" ; "Analysis plan for 2007 pilot studies." ]

February 1:

William J. Reese, EPS and History, "The Origins of Academic Standards and Promotion Policies in the Public Schools."

February 8:

John Witte, Political Science, Josh Cowen, & David Fleming, ITP fellows, Political Science, "The Milwaukee Choice Program: Sampling and Modeling Issues for a Longitudinal Growth Study."

February 15:

Felix Elwert, Sociology, "Causal Inference for Time-Varying Treatments: Part I"
[Readings: Robins (2001) ; Pearl (1995) ; Hernan (2004) ]. For a copy of the two lecture handouts, please contact prof. Elwert by email.

February 22:

Felix Elwert, Sociology, "Causal Inference for Time-Varying Treatments: Part II"
[Reading: Robins (1999) ]

February 29:

Richard Prather, ITP fellow, Psychology, "Knowledge and the Use of Arithmetic Principles."

March 7:

NO MEETING -- Students are invited to the Sociology department "Area Fair," 8417 Sewell Bldg, noon.

March 14:

Alyn Turner, ITP fellow, Sociology, & Carolina Milesi, Sociology, "The Role of Health in Understanding the Black-White Test Score Gap."

March 21:


March 28:


April 4:

Anat Gofen, IRP and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, " Parental Involvement among the Poor and among the Rich: Different Motivations, Different Strategies."
[Reading: Gofen, "Intergenerational Breakthrough" ]

April 11:

Hilary Shager, ITP fellow, Social Work, "The Effects of Increased Maternal Education on Children’s Achievement: Evidence from the ECLS-K."

April 18:

Alyn Turner, ITP fellow, Sociology, "Randomized Trials in Practice: Internship Experience at Mathematica's D.C. Office."

April 25:

NO MEETING -- Students should attend the Value-Added Modeling conference, April 23-24, Fluno Center, UW-Madison.

May 2:

James Benson, ITP fellow, Sociology, "High School Course-taking Policies and Postsecondary Educational Outcomes for Community College Students: Have Increased Curriculum Requirements Increased the Probabilities of Success?"

May 9:

Martín Santos, Sociology; Gary Cook, WIDA; Eleonora Hicks, EPS: "Effects of Native Language and Contextual Factors on the Learning Trajectory of English Language Learners: A Growth Model Approach."
[Reading: Raudenbush, "Comparing Personal Trajectories"]


LIST OF REFERENCES (updated 4/8/08)

Gofen, A. (2008). Intergenerational breakthrough of first-generation higher-education students. Unpublished manuscript.

Hauser, R. M. (2006). Proposed items to enhance the measurement of socioeconomic status for the 2009 NAEP student background questionnaires: To Be pilot tested in 2007. Prepared for the National Assessment Governing Board. National Center for Education Statistics.

Hauser, R. M. (2006). Analysis plan for the 2007 pilot studies of socioeconomic measurement iin NAEP. Unpublished manuscript.

Hauser, R. M., & Andrew, M. (2007). Reliability of student and parent reports of socioeconomic status in NELS-88. Unpublished manuscript.

Hernan, M.A., Hernandez-Diaz, S., & Robins, J.M. (2004). A Structural approach to selection bias. Epidemiology 15 (5), 615-625.

Jenkins, F., Hauser, R. M., & Rivas, S. (2006). Plan for analyzing ECLS-K data in order to inform the 2007 pilot study. Unpublished manuscript.

Magnuson, K. & Shager, H. (2008). The Effects of increased maternal education on children's academic outcomes: Evidence from the ECLS-K. Unpublished manuscript.

Pearl, J. (1995). Causal diagrams for empirical research. Biometrika 82 (4), 669-710.

Raudenbush, S. W. (2001). Comparing personal trajectories and drawing causal inferences from longitudinal data. Annu Rev Psychology 52: 501-25.

Reese, W. J. (November 2007). The Origins of academic standards and promotion policies in public schools. Final report, Spencer Foundation. Unpublished manuscript.

Robins, J.M. (1999). Association, causation, and marginal structural models. Synthese 121, 151-179.

Robins, J.M. (2001). Data, design and background knowledge in etiologic inference. Epidemiology 11(3), 313-320.