LCA Teachers' Corner
Methodology Center Teachers’ Corners are intended for instructors of graduate-level methods classes who want to introduce innovative methods in their classes. They include introductory readings for instructors, instructors’ slides, a student reading list, and an exercise.
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Latent Class Analysis Teachers’ Corner Contents
- Two introductory articles about latent class analysis for instructors. These will give instructors enough background to guide students
(a) to identify types of research questions latent class analysis can address and
(b) to determine whether data are suitable for use with latent class analysis.
- Instructors may choose to distribute these articles to students for review prior to the discussion.
Lanza, S. T., Bray, B. C., & Collins, L. M. (2013). An introduction to latent class and latent transition analysis. In J. A. Schinka, W. F. Velicer, & I. B. Weiner (Eds.), Handbook of psychology (2nd ed.,Vol. 2, pp. 691-716). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Lanza, S. T., & Cooper, B. R. (in press). Latent class analysis: Contributions to developmental research and new directions. Child Development Perspectives.
- A more comprehensive recommended reading list so that instructors can delve into the method further or assign readings to students
- A PowerPoint presentation that provides a basis for a brief, introductory lecture
- Sample exercise files that includes materials for instructors to give to students and a set of solutions that instructors can use to evaluate the exercise
(a) LCA Teachers' Corner Exercise.docx = A Microsoft Word file that describes the exercise. Note: to complete the exercise, the following must be installed:
(b) LCA-TC-Exercise-FOR-STUDENTS.sas = A SAS file for the students that contains the required data and example code to complete the exercise
(c) LCA-TC-EXERCISE-FOR-INSTRUCTORS.sas = A SAS file for the instructor that includes additional programming to flesh out the exercise
(d) LCA-TC-EXERCISE-FOR-INSTRUCTORS.docx = A Microsoft Word file for the instructor that includes annotated output providing the solutions to the exercise