**Please note this is a Thursday Lecture. No RSVP necessary**
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Time and Location: 10:30am-12pm
Location: GRAD 239
Lecture Title: Anchoring vignette method and (possibilities of) its use in educational research
Speaker Bio: Hana Vonkova (Ph.D. in Education, Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic), 2008; and Ph.D. in Econometrics, Tilburg University (Netherlands), 2011) is a researcher at the Faculty of Education and at the First Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University in Prague. She is also a fellow researcher at the Center for Economic and Social Research of the University of Southern California. Prior to joining the Charles University in Prague, she was a researcher and Ph.D. student at Netspar of the Tilburg University (2006-2011) and also visiting researcher at the RAND Corporation (2011-2013). Dr. Vonkova’s research interests focus on the quantitative methodology and applied statistics in the areas of education and health. She has published papers on testing the assumptions and the specification of parametric models using anchoring vignettes, on the effectiveness of school-based preventive interventions targeting at drug use among children, on the impact of Bologna Process policies on the quality of teacher training at universities, and on the relationship between retirement decisions and financial incentives. Her current research focuses on using anchoring vignettes method to increase the validity of surveys that use students’ assessments of teacher quality, school discipline, their ICT skills and their English language knowledge. In addition, she is researching possibilities and limits of universal prevention interventions at schools and measurement of well-being.