Creating Mid-Range Models: It's More Than Just SEM
Mid-range models bring theory "down to earth" and help guide research and practice in theoretically informed ways. A mid-range model takes a theoretical framework and applies it to a particular content area or phenomenon, or uses findings in a particular content area or of a particular phenomenon to develop a theory.
This technique — part science and part art — can incorporate both qualitative and quantitative methods of reasoning to help use research to guide theories. It can be used with any software.
During this webinar, participants will learn from presenter Kari Adamsons, Ph.D., how to create mid-range models within the discipline of Family Science, including questions to ask and different possible approaches. Participants will learn how to use theory to guide their research and see how their work relates to theory.
The webinar will focus on both conceptual and methodological skills and will cover inductive, deductive, and transductive models, as well as a brief review of some statistical methods for testing theoretical models (primarily regression and structural equation models).
Approved for 1 CFLE contact hours of continuing education credit.
As a result of attending the webinar, participants will be able to:
- identify the process involved in developing a mid-range model inductively, deductively, and transductively;
- develop their own mid-range models in an area of interest to them; and
- use multiple quantitative statistical techniques to test a mid-range model.
Intended Audience: researchers, new professionals, students
What Attendees Said About This Webinar:
"The webinar provides a good summary of different ways to construct mid-range theory. The use of various forms of data is helpful in terms of theory building and theory evaluation."
"I picked up great ideas on how to develop a program theory and test it."
About the Presenter
Kari Adamsons, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on fathering, parenting, and coparenting — particularly during times of transition — as well as family theory. She is the associate department head for undergraduate studies, and she teaches courses on close relationships, theory, parenting, fathering, and men and masculinities. She is well-versed in “regression-based” methods such as Structural Equation Modeling, as well as in analysis of dyadic data.
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