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ERIC Number: ED512729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
Addressing the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Practice in Observational Studies: Using Interviews to Understand the Assignment Mechanism
Rickles, Jordan H.
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
This paper illustrates how information collected through interviews can develop a richer understanding of the assignment mechanism, which can result in more plausible causal effect estimates from observational studies and provides a roadmap for sensitivity analysis. Focusing on the issue of assignment to algebra in 8th grade, the author shows how a preliminary data collection effort aimed at understanding the assignment mechanism is particularly beneficial in multisite observational studies in education. The data were collected in middle schools within a California school district spanning urban and suburban communities. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
Identifiers - Location: California