How Structural Equation Modeling is Ruining Family Research

Look out readers! This is my first of a series of posts I am working on related to causal analysis. About two weeks ago, I attended the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) annual meeting. It is a long meeting – I usually get there on Tuesday, and don’t leave until Saturday. And, while atContinue reading “How Structural Equation Modeling is Ruining Family Research”

Where should I submit my paper?

When you are in an interdisciplinary department, deciding where to submit your paper is fun, and confusing. I already told you about the time my student and I rewrote a paper we had rejected from Demography for the Journal of Family Psychology (it was accepted). But, how do you decide which journal to submit to?Continue reading “Where should I submit my paper?”

Why I believe in Family Science

Today I am publishing the first publicly available ranking of Human Development and Family Science programs in North America, at least the first ranking that I am familiar with.  Why did I go to the trouble of creating this ranking? Because I believe in human development, and in particular, family science, and you should too.Continue reading “Why I believe in Family Science”

Hair Flipping and Hiring

For many years now, basically since I was in charge of my own hair, I have had long hair. Before that (circa 1984) my mom always told her friend Sandy who cut my hair to leave it no longer than shoulder length; I have three sisters and my mom did not want to mess withContinue reading “Hair Flipping and Hiring”

How to Succeed in Graduate School While Really Trying

We are midway through the autumn semester, and I have been reflecting on my graduate proseminar course, which is essentially an introduction to graduate school. Some programs have these types of classes, and others do not. So, in this post I give you links to articles I assign and a few tips I give toContinue reading “How to Succeed in Graduate School While Really Trying”

Guest Post: Leadership Matters, So what’s the Matter with our Leadership Today?

I was recently having coffee with my friend and colleague Dean and Professor Steve Gavazzi to discuss the National Council on Family Relation‘s Future of Family Science task force [more on that in a future post] and I mentioned my series of blog posts on self-regulated learning and graduate education. Steve asked me – didContinue reading “Guest Post: Leadership Matters, So what’s the Matter with our Leadership Today?”

Self-regulated Learning and Graduate Education: What Graduate Programs Should do Part 2

Well, it is time for my final post in my series on self-regulated learning and graduate education. This series resulted in the following posts: Motivation, Self-Regulated Learning, and Graduate Education Information to Promote Grad Student Success Tools to Promote Grad Student Success: Writing Skills Tools to Promote Grad Student Success: Research Skills Tools to PromoteContinue reading “Self-regulated Learning and Graduate Education: What Graduate Programs Should do Part 2”

Self-regulated Learning and Graduate Education: What Graduate Programs Should do Part 1

Today I want to wrap up my series on self-regulated learning and graduate education. I want to revisit my original question: “What information, tools, tasks, and activities could we provide to promote our graduate students’ learning, intellectual development, and achievement of their post-graduate school goals?”. Over a series of posts, I reviewed information and toolsContinue reading “Self-regulated Learning and Graduate Education: What Graduate Programs Should do Part 1”

Tools to Promote Grad Student Success: Presentation/Teaching/Media Skills

The final tool that graduate students need for success is presentation/teaching skills. This topic is often ignored in graduate programs – grad students are rarely taught how to teach before they are thrust in the classroom, and likewise, grad students are rarely taught how to make a good presentation, or practice presentations in front ofContinue reading “Tools to Promote Grad Student Success: Presentation/Teaching/Media Skills”

Tools to Promote Grad Student Success: Research Skills

I am still on the topic of self-regulated learning and graduate education. Today I want to discuss another tool that graduate students need for success: research skills. The art of conducting research has many components. First, students need to formulate research questions, preferably research questions that are going to be incremental, if not significant, additionsContinue reading “Tools to Promote Grad Student Success: Research Skills”