Research Corner

The Value of Researcher-Practitioner Conversations

The Value of Researcher-Practitioner Conversations

 by Michael Garringer I was thrilled to see that the Chronicle had posted an announcement about the 2015 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring this week. We are really excited at MENTOR to be partnering with Portland State University and Dr. Tom Keller in putting on this event, which will focus this year on research and […]

Q & A with Professor Buffy Smith, author of new book that explores mentoring high risk college students
By August 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Q & A with Professor Buffy Smith, author of new book that explores mentoring high risk college students

The Hidden Curriculum Charlie Tyson (reposted from Inside Higher Education) In recent years, many colleges and universities have turned to mentoring programs in an attempt to retain underperforming students. Federally supported mentoring programs have been around since the Higher Education Act of 1965, which created student services programs such as Upward Bound, said Stephanie Gordon, vice […]

What is person-centered analysis?

What is person-centered analysis?

Within quantitative research, most analyses can be grouped into two main types of analyses: person-centered and variable-centered. Both types of analyses use quantitative variables, and are therefore considered quantitative. Thinking about variable-centered analyses seems more intuitive. Variable-Centered analyses are ones that treat each variable (or characteristic) as related to another variable. For example whether mentoring is related […]

What is a path model?

What is a path model?

by Adar Ben-Eliyahu Path Models A path model depicts the causal relations between characteristics of interest (variables). In general, path models are read from left to right, with the variables on the left (independent variables) predicting the outcome variable on the right. There are specific rules for drawing path models. For example, arrows can be single […]

The Basics of Structural Equation Modeling
By February 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Basics of Structural Equation Modeling

A Structural Equation Model (SEM) is a quantitative statistical analysis that examines causal relations between variables or between items. The nature of the relations is determined by theory or research design. There are two types of SEM models: 1) Measurement Model A measurement model investigates how certain survey questions (or scale items) tap into the […]

Methods Corner: Let’s talk about reliability and validity
By October 9, 2013 3 Comments Read More →

Methods Corner: Let’s talk about reliability and validity

by Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. In evaluations of mentoring programs, we select questionnaires that we think measure various outcomes. So, for example, if we think that mentoring will improve self-esteem, we might give a questionnaire that asks mentees how good they feel about themselves. In contrast to something like height or speed, self-esteem can’t be seen. […]

What is connected learning?: Implications for mentoring
By September 25, 2013 1 Comments Read More →

What is connected learning?: Implications for mentoring

by Sarah Schwartz, Ph.D.,Postdoctoral Fellow, MacArthur Foundation, Connected Learning Research Network.  Connected learning is a framework developed to understand and support learning in current social, economic, technological, and cultural contexts (Ito et al., 2013). In a society where existing educational pathways no longer guarantee opportunity, and with a growing gap between the haves and the […]

Research Corner: Prevention, neurobiology, and children’s mental health
By August 12, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Research Corner: Prevention, neurobiology, and children’s mental health

By Jean Rhodes In a recent New York Times article, Benjamin Fong wrote about psychology’s embrace of cognitive neuroscience, and the debates that surround the merits of the new large, federal investment in the Brain Initiative. After running through the arguments on both sides, he made an important point that is often overlooked but which […]

Research Corner: Can I help you?

Research Corner: Can I help you?

by Renee Spencer Eli Finkell and Gráinne Fitzsimmons, two researchers who study interpersonal relationships, ran an Op-Ed called “When Helping Hurts” in this past Sunday’s New York Times. While they focused on helicopter parents — the ones who hover and have to be told that it is time to leave when dropping their children off at college […]

Using Infographics to Translate Evaluation Evidence: The 2013 BBBS Youth Outcomes Report

Using Infographics to Translate Evaluation Evidence: The 2013 BBBS Youth Outcomes Report

by Marc Wheeler & Salem Valentino, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America In these days of information overload it is especially important to find new ways to translate research and evaluation evidence for general audiences.   As many people in the mentoring community know, it’s often difficult to translate findings for the public while remaining true […]