Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling (SEM)
At the conclusion of this course students will be able to specify different forms of models using observed, latent, dependent and independent variables. Student will be able to conduct confirmatory factor analysis, and diagram SEM models.
- Install LISREL, enter and edit data
- Specify various SEM models
- Define and identify latent variables
- Test and modify SEM models
- Implement models in software
Who Should Take This Course
Researches and analysts who want to go beyond simple models and incorporate multi-directionality, multiple causes and latent variables.
- LISREL software installation
- Data entry and Data Edit issues
- Correlation and Covariance Data Files
- SEM Basics
- Regression models
- Diagramming Models
- Path Analysis Models
- Exploratory vs. Confirmatory factor analysis
- Latent Variables
- CFA models
Developing Structural Equation Models
- Combining Path and Factor Models
- 5 Basic SEM steps
- Model Specification
- Model Identification
- Model Estimation
- Model Testing
- Model Modification
- Amos Audio/Video Presentation
Participants should have some familiarity with statistical modeling (e.g. regression) and the basics of educational measurement and assessment.
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Homework in this course consists of short answer questions to test concepts, guided data analysis problems using software, and guided data modeling problems using software.
In addition to assigned readings, this course also has supplemental readings available online, and an exam.
All necessary materials are provided in the course. For those wishing more detail and a ready reference the recommended course text is A Beginner’s Guide to Structural Equation Modeling, 4th edition, published Dec 2015, by Randall E. Schumacker and Richard Lomax.
The course will provide illustrations in LISREL, a programming environment. You can download a free student version of LISREL from the textbook website. The Introductory guide and user’s manual are also available here. TA’s can provide LISREL support if needed.
Course staff will not be available to illustrate or help with examples other than those included in the course. Students are encouraged to visit each software website to obtain the latest student versions of the software. Some, but not all software can be obtained on vendor websites.
MAC users note: LISREL software is not available for Macintosh. Mac end users run the Windows editions of the software products using Virtual PC or VM on Power PC Macs (G series) or the Windows OS on Intel-based Macs.
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