Using AMOS Graphics for Structural Equation Modeling

Structural equation modeling (covariance structure analysis, latent variable analysis, and causal modeling), in its fullest form, is a marriage between path analysis and factor analysis, facilitating the investigation of causal relations among both measured and latent variables. The particular advantage of methods involving latent variables is that causal theories may be investigated as they pertain directly to the underlying constructs of interest, rather than to the measured variables whose observed relations are often attenuated by error of measurement.

This intensive, three-day workshop deals with the principles, assumptions, strengths, limitations, and applications of the family of techniques known as structural equation modeling (SEM). Basic SEM techniques, including path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), and full structural-regression models, will be taught. Beyond the first two days, participants could proceed to learn more advanced uses of SEM in a one-day workshop. Some familiarity with basic statistical techniques, such as multiple regressions, is assumed. The presentation of topics will be conceptually rather than mathematically-oriented, and examples of the application of SEM to different kinds of actual research problems will be considered.

Target Audience: 

Prerequisite: 

This course assumes no prior experience with SEM, and is intended as both a theoretical and practical introduction. An understanding of SEM will be developed by relating it to participants’ previous knowledge of multiple regressions, and then by expanding it to allow for correlated and causally related latent constructs. We will start with path analysis among measured variables, move into confirmatory factor models, then structural models involving latent constructs.

About the Trainer:

Timothy Teo (Ph.D.) is Distinguished Professor of Education, and Associate Dean at the Faculty of Education, University of Macau. He is also Honorary Professor at the University of Auckland. Prior to joining the University of Macau, Timothy has worked at the National Institute of Education (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) and the University of Auckland (New Zealand). Timothy’s research interests are multi-disciplinary, and include both substantive and methodological areas. These are Educational Psychology (Self-efficacy-teachers and students; Beliefs about teaching and learning; Meta-cognition), ICT in Education (Technology acceptance and adoption; e-learning), Music Education (Psychological processes of music teaching and learning), and Quantitative Methods (Psychometrics; Instrument development and validation; cross-cultural measurement; issues in survey development and administration; structural equation modeling; multilevel modeling; latent growth modeling; Item Response Theory modeling). Timothy is chief editor of two international journals, The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher (TAPER) and International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education (IJQRE) and a member in over 10 journal editorial boards. As an author, he has edited three books and written many book chapters and conference papers. To date, Timothy has published 145 peer-reviewed journal articles, with over 100 in highly-ranked SSCI journals including Computers and Education, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Interactive Learning Environment, Journal of computer Assisted Learning, British Journal of Educational Technology, Journal of Research in Music Education, Computers in Human Behavior, The Internet and Higher Education, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, and Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment

Course Outline: 

Day 1, Basic Level: 9.30am-12.30pm

• Basics of SEM
• Introducing AMOS graphics
• Path Modeling
• Practice 
• FAQ

12.30pm-1.00pm
LUNCH

1.30pm-4.00pm
• Exploratory Factor Analysis
• Confirmatory Factor Analysis
• Practice 
• FAQ
• Short Consultancy

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Day 2, Basic Level: 9.30am-12.30pm
• Full Structural Modeling
• Practice
• FAQ

12.30pm-1.00pm
LUNCH

1.30pm-4.00pm
• Instrumentation with SEM
• Practice
• FAQ
• Short Consultancy

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Day 3, Advanced Level: 9.30am-12.30pm
• Testing for Mediation
• Practice
• FAQ

12.30pm-1.00pm
LUNCH

1.30pm-4.00pm
• Testing for Moderation
• Practice
• FAQ
• Short Consultancy

SGD 1,800 (Subject to prevailing GST)