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ERIC Number: EJ773521
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0251
An Analysis of the Effectiveness of Supplemental Instruction: The Problem of Selection Bias and Limited Dependent Variables
Bowles, Tyler J.; Jones, Jason
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v5 n2 p235-243 2003-2004
Single equation regression models have been used rather extensively to test the effectiveness of Supplemental Instruction (SI). This approach, however, fails to account for the possibility that SI attendance and the outcome of SI attendance are jointly determined endogenous variables. Moreover, the standard approach fails to account for the fact that these two endogenous variables are categorical. This article presents and applies a simultaneous equation, limited dependent variable model of SI effectiveness. Our analysis suggests that results from applying this type of model may differ markedly from the traditional statistical models applied in SI research. Specifically, our results suggest that students with below average academic ability are more likely to attend SI and that common measures of student ability included in single equation models fail to adequately control for this characteristic. Therefore, single equation OLS models may underestimate SI effectiveness. (Contains 11 footnotes and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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