The summer course in "Theory testing with structural equation modelling" will be held from June 20th to 24th, 2022 (from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.), in person and online.
This course will provide an introduction to structural equation modelling (SEM), including the study of methods based on covariance (traditional SEM) as well as the Partial Least Squares (PLS-SEM) method. The course will also include an approach to confirmatory factor analysis.
The applications will be supported by both covariance-based SEM and PLS based software. It is designed for non-experts in SEM and it will be focused on the understanding of SEM methodologies and their application as a research tool in social sciences.
The main goal of this course is to provide professionals, researchers and Master or Doctorate students with the modelling and data analysis tools necessary to test theories in social sciences.
This course will be taught in English.
After completing the course, participants should be familiar with the various steps associated with the specification, identification, estimation, evaluation and modification of structural equation models needed to test theories in social sciences.
Participants should also be able to select the estimation methods that are most appropriate in the context in which they work, know the application requirements of each method and make the most appropriate decisions at every stage of modelling. Finally, participants should be able to organize and present the produced results and to write the results section of a report or a scientific paper.