Friday, November 28, 2014

Building and Disseminating Multilevel Theories

New Book Chapter just published relating to building and disseminating multilevel theories.

Turner J., Firmery-Pretrunin, K., & Allen, J. (2014). Developing multilevel models for research. In V. C. X. Wang (Ed.), Handbook of research on scholarly publishing and research methods (p-p. 467-493). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-7409-1


In the past, a large number of research efforts concentrated on single-level analysis; however, researchers who only conduct this level of analysis are finding it harder to justify due to the advancements in statistical software and research techniques. The validation of research findings comes partially from other’s replicating existing studies as well as building onto theories. Through replication and validation, the research process becomes cyclical in nature, and each iteration builds upon the next. Each succession of tests sets new boundaries, further verification, or falsification. For a model to be correctly specified, the level of analysis needs to be in congruence with the level of measurement.  This chapter provides an overview of multilevel modeling for researcher and provide guides for the development and investigation of these models.
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