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Summer Research Training Institute in Single-Case Design Research

Objective: The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) at the Institute of Education Sciences announces its first Summer Research Training Institute on Single-Case Intervention Research Design and Analysis. The Training Institute is intended to increase the national capacity of education researchers to conduct single-case intervention studies that have scientifically credible methodology and analyses.

Type: Training
Dates: June 27–July 1, 2011
Location: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  This one-week Training Institute will be held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Classroom instruction will take place in UW-Madison's newly remodeled School of Education. Institute participants will be housed at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Madison, WI. The hotel is located within walking distance of the university campus and the School of Education building.
Course Content: The course sessions will provide education researchers with intensive training in the skills required to plan, design, implement, and conduct analyses for a single-case intervention study. The Institute will focus on intervention research in which the "cases" consist of either individual participants or clustered educational units (e.g., small groups, classrooms, schools).
The course will enable participants to:
  • Describe the logic and principles underlying scientifically credible single-case intervention research and their advantages for making causal inferences about intervention effects.
  • Understand the situations and conditions for which single-case intervention research is applicable.
  • Familiarize themselves with both traditional single-case designs and more scientifically credible improvements of them.
  • Acquire knowledge about both visual and statistical techniques for analyzing (and aggregating) the data from single-case intervention investigations.
  • Recognize the strengths, limitations, and yet-to-be resolved issues associated with single-case intervention research.
  • Understand how to transition from a single-case design to a group design, and how single-case research can complement group designs.
  • Participate in group projects to collectively develop research proposals for conducting a single-case intervention investigation.
Training Institute Sponsor: The National Center for Special Education Research at the Institute of Education Sciences is providing support for this Summer Training Institute with collaboration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Eligibility Requirements and Selection Criteria for Training Institute Fellows:
  1. Applicants must have a doctoral degree (Ph.D., Ed.D.) and experience conducting research relevant to education.
  2. Applicants must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or other legal verification of such status).
  3. Preference will be given to individuals who (a) have demonstrated their ability to conduct independent research, (b) are currently employed in a setting in which conducting research relevant to education is part of their regular responsibilities, and (c) can demonstrate that they have a need for the knowledge and skills addressed in the Training Institute. Each application will be evaluated on its own merits. If more than 30 meritorious applications are received, other criteria such as disciplinary, geographical, and institutional diversity will be taken into account.
  4. Applicants must have a general understanding of statistical methods and be experienced in using personal computers and statistical computer packages. The Training Institute will include hands-on data analysis sessions. Some experience with basic SPSS procedures, including conducting graphical and statistical analyses (e.g., frequency and scatter diagrams, cross-tabulations, means, regression analyses), will be helpful.
Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral fellows, junior researchers, and senior researchers who would benefit from the knowledge and skills addressed in the Summer Training Institute are encouraged to apply.

If selected for participation in the Summer Training Institute, individuals who require reasonable accommodations for disabilities should contact Nicole Schray (nschray@cds2.com) at 202-296-2528.
Costs and Stipends: The Institute of Education Sciences will pay for travel to and from the Summer Training Institute site, lodging, per diem on days of instruction, and course materials.
Application Procedures: The Summer Training Institute will be offered June 27–July 1, 2011. If you are interested in attending the Summer Training Institute, please use the link below to submit the following materials:
  1. A copy of the applicant's curriculum vitae. The curriculum vitae must include information on the applicant's:
    1. Title/position at the institution or organization
    2. Academic/professional degree
    3. Citizenship status (citizen or permanent resident)
    4. Currently funded research grants and the sources of funding
  2. A 2- to 3-page personal statement describing the applicant's:
    1. Current and planned intervention research projects
    2. Previous statistical training and familiarity with statistical packages (e.g., SPSS).
    3. How this workshop is likely to influence the applicant's future research (e.g., if the applicant has experience with group designs describe how single-case research skills will strengthen the applicant's program of research or if the applicant currently has experience in single-case research describe how additional training will benefit the applicant's research).
Requirement: The personal statement is limited to 3 single spaced pages in 12-point font and must be attached as a MS Word document or as a PDF file.

Application materials should be submitted online at: http://pub.cds2.com/ncser/.

All applications must be received no later than March 11, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified no later than April 8, 2011 via electronic mail. Selected applicants will receive the Summer Training Institute course schedule and information about travel and lodging.
Instructors: Thomas R. Kratochwill, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Joel R. Levin, Ph.D., University of Arizona and University of Wisconsin-Madison
John M. Ferron, Ph.D., University of South Florida
Larry V. Hedges, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Robert H. Horner, Ph.D., University of Oregon
David Rindskopf, PhD., City University of New York Graduate School
Contact Information: Single-Case Intervention Research Training Institute inquiries:

Rob Ochsendorf
National Center for Special Education Research
555 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20208
Telephone: 202-219-2234
E-mail: robert.ochsendorf@ed.gov

Inquiries about submission of the Single-Case Intervention Research Institute application materials:

Ryan Minor
1900 L Street, NW, Suite 505
Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: 202-296-2528
E-mail: rminor@cds2.com

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