ERIC Number: EJ1078811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
Causal Mediation in Educational Research: An Illustration Using International Assessment Data
Caro, Daniel H.
Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, v8 n4 p577-597 2015
This paper applies the causal mediation framework proposed by Kosuke Imai and colleagues (Imai, Keele, & Tingley, 2010) to educational research by examining the causal mediating role of early literacy activities in parental education influences on reading performance. The paper argues that the study of causal mediation is particularly relevant in educational settings because learning outcomes result from complex interactions involving multiple actors. The analyses use retrospective longitudinal data from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2011. The value of international assessment data for producing evidence of causation is discussed. The paper aims to contribute to the study of causation with observational data from educational studies.
Descriptors: Educational Research, International Assessment, Emergent Literacy, Educational Attainment, Parent Background, Reading Achievement, Reading Tests, Influences, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Progress in International Reading Literacy Study