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ERIC Number: EJ829376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0146-9282
Explaining the Relationship between Resources and Student Achievement: A Methodological Comparison of Production Functions and Canonical Analysis
Knoeppel, Robert C.; Rinehart, James S.
Educational Considerations, v35 n2 p29-40 Spr 2008
The purpose of this study was to compare multiple regression with canonical analysis in order to introduce a new, policy relevant methodology to the literature on production functions. Findings from this study confirmed the results of past inquiries that found a relationship between the inputs to schooling and measures of student achievement. A statistically significant relationship was found to exist through the use of canonical analysis. For the purpose of this discussion, the authors focus on the findings from the second canonical analysis. That mode made use of ten independent variables and ten dependent measures of student achievement. Two of the ten canonical correlations calculated revealed a statistically significant relationship. Together, the pooled variance explained 82.7% of the variance between inputs to schooling and measures of student achievement. By using multiple measures of student achievement, the chosen method of analysis enabled researchers to explain a greater percentage of variance than was explained through the use of multiple regression. As suggested in the literature review, schools produce multiple outcomes; therefore the selection of a method of analysis that allowed for the interaction of all of those variables in a linear combination of output variables allowed researchers to more fully explain the relationship between inputs to schooling and measures of student achievement. (Contains 4 tables and 54 endnotes.)
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Language: English
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