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Factor Analysis: A course using Jamovi & lavaan

Posted on 2019-08-27 - 00:17 authored by Gavin T. L. Brown
The lectures in this collection were all given at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow 6th Psychometric Summer School August 2019. The course is taught in English by Prof. dr. Gavin Brown from the University of Auckland. The details of the summer school are at:

The materials used to teach FA techniques are based on data sets provided in the various lectures. The data files come from published studies using the Student Conceptions of Assessment (SCoA) inventory, the University English Teachers Assessment Literacy Test (UETALQ), and a repeated measures achievement emotions questionnaire study. All the datafiles used have been published in various academic studies including:
Brown, G. T. L., Irving, S. E., Peterson, E. R., & Hirschfeld, G. H. F. (2009). Use of interactive-informal assessment practices: New Zealand secondary students' conceptions of assessment. Learning and Instruction, 19(2), 97-111. 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2008.02.003

Brown, G. T. L., Peterson, E. R., & Irving, S. E. (2009). Beliefs that make a difference: Adaptive and maladaptive self-regulation in students’ conceptions of assessment. In D. M. McInerney, G. T. L. Brown & G. A. D. Liem (Eds.), Student perspectives on assessment: What students can tell us about assessment for learning. (pp. 159-186). Charlotte, NC US: Information Age Publishing.

Matos, D. A. S., & Brown, G. T. L. (2015). Comparing university student conceptions of assessment: Brazilian and New Zealand beliefs. In C. Carvalho & J. Conboy (Eds.), Feedback, Identidade, Trajetórias Escolares: Dinâmicas e Consequências (pp. 177-194). Lisbon, Portugal: Universidade de Lisboa, Instituto de Educação.

Matos, D. A. S., Brown, G. T. L., & Gomes, C. (2019, in press). Bifactor invariance analysis of Student Conceptions of Assessment Inventory. Psico-USF, 24(4)

Peterson, E. R., Brown, G. T. L., & Jun, M. C. (2015). Achievement emotions in higher education: A diary study exploring emotions across an assessment event. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 42, 82-96. 10.1016/j.cedpsych.2015.05.002

Xu, Y., & Brown, G. T. L. (2017). University English teacher assessment literacy: A survey-test report from China. Papers in Language Testing and Assessment, 6(1), 133-158.

Resources used in this course include Jamovi and the lavaan package in R. Considerable help was provided by Dr Yves Rosseel, Ghent University, the developer of lavaan package in R, but all mistakes and choices are my responsibility.


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