Measurement and Quantitative Methods
Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education and Fisheries
Room 462 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
I’m an associate professor in Measurement and Quantitative Methods
within Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special
within the College of Education and also in Fisheries and Wildlife
within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan
- Sept, 1988-Dec 1993 University of Chicago Department of Education,
program in Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistical Analysis, Ph.D.
My dissertation concerned the use of an iterative partitioning
clustering algorithm to identify cliques of actors in a network.
Applications include identifying cliques of teachers in high schools,
cliques of students in a single grade of high school, and subgroups
of schools which exchange many students.
Chair: Anthony Bryk;
Committee: Charles Bidwell, Benjamin Wright, Kazuo Yamaguchi, Dan
- 1986-1988 University of Michigan School of Education, program in
Higher and Adult Continuing Education. Masters of Arts.
- 1981-1985 University of Michigan. Major in Statistics and English,
Bachelor of Arts.
I study the social structures of organizations and systems. How do
the structures evolve, how do they affect what an organization does?
I often use quantitative methods drawing on social networks and multilevel
models . Typically I study small systems, in particular schools as organizations,
a topic that is part of the sociology of education. Recently I've been
working with the Add Health data.
I am a 1999 National Academy of Education Post-Doctoral Spencer Fellow.
My proposal was entitled: "The Emergence of School Community."
I teach a range of courses on quantitative methods in the social sciences:
CEP 991B: Seminar on the Theory and Method of Social Networks . We
integrate statistical methods that help address the dependencies inherent
in social network data and graphical techniques for representing social
structure with theory from organizational studies, communications, social
CEP 991B: Seminar on Causal Inference and the Diffusion of Innovations
CEP 935 : Course on multivariate statistics including Hierarchical
Linear Modeling, Discriminant Analysis, Factor Analysis, Canonical Correlation,
Cluster Analysis and Multidimensional Scaling.
CEP 933 : An introductory course into the general linear model (ANOVA
and Regression) featuring SPSS and NELS88 a nationally representative
data base). I draw the substantive context from recent examples in the
CEP 822 : An introductory research methods course for master’s
students in Education. Students learn to interpret statistical analyses
in the context of research articles. I design small group discussions
including role playing, tutoring, argumentation, etc.
- Frank, K. A., Zhao, Y., and Borman (2004). Social Capital and the
Diffusion of Innovations within Organizations: Application to the
Implementation of Computer Technology in Schools.”Sociology
of Education, 77: 148-171
- Pan, W., and Frank, K.A. 2004. “An Approximation to the Distribution
of the Product of Two Dependent Correlation Coefficients.” Journal
of Statistical Computation and Simulation, 74, 419-443 .
- Crosnoe, R., Muller, C. and Frank, K.A. (2004). Interpersonal Context
and the Potential Consequences of Adolescent Drinking. Social Problems
- Pan, W., and Frank, K.A., 2004. “A probability index of the
robustness of a causal inference,” Journal of Educational and
Behavioral Statistics, 28, 315-337.
- Frank, K. A. and Zhao, Y. 2004. “Subgroups as a Meso-Level
Entity in the Social Organization of Schools.” Chapter 10, pages
279-318. Book honoring Charles Bidwell’s retirement, edited
by Larry Hedges and Barbara Schneider. New York: Sage publications.
- Zhao, Y and Frank, K.A., 2004. “What teachers need to know
about technology: framing the question.” To be published in
a book for Project Time, Robert Floden editor.
- Zhao, Y. and Frank, K. A., 2003. “An Ecological Analysis
of Factors Affecting Technology Use in Schools.” American Educational
Research Journal, , 40(4): 807-840.
- Krause, A., Frank, K.A., Mason, D.M., Ulanowicz, R.E. and Taylor,
W.M. (2003). “Compartments exposed in food-web structure.”
- Wellman, B.A. and Frank, K.A. 2001. “Network Capital in a
Multi-Level World: Getting
Support from Personal Communities.” in Social Capital: Theory
and Research, Nan Lin, Ron Burt and Karen Cook. (Eds.). Chicago: Aldine
- Frank, K. 2000. “Impact of a Confounding Variable on the
Inference of a Regression
Coefficient.” Sociological Methods and Research, 29(2), 147-194.
- Herman, S.E., Frank, K.A., Mowbray, C.T., Ribisl, K.M., Davidson,
W.S., Bootsmiller, B., Jordan, L., Greenfield, A.L., Loveland, D.,
Luke, D. A. 2000. “Longitudinal Effects of Integrated Treatment
on Alcohol Use for Persons with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders.”
Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research. 27 (3), 286-302.
- Saunders, J.L., Leahy M.H., and Frank, K.A. 2000. “Improving
the Employment Self-Concept of Persons with Disabilities: A Field
Based Experiment.” Accepted for publication in Rehabilitation
Counseling Bulletin, 43(3), 142-149.