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Thom, Douglas J. – Journal of Educational Administration, 1983

A simplified introduction to path analysis, this article discusses the following: (1) basic rules, assumptions, and procedures; (2) strengths and weaknesses of the technique; (3) special considerations; (4) examples of path analysis in educational research; and (5) guidelines for constructing diagrams. (MCG)

Descriptors: Design, Diagrams, Educational Research, Guidelines

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Moline, Arlett E. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1988

Path analysis and linear structural relations (LISREL) provide the institutional researcher with some extremely powerful statistical tools. However, they must be applied and interpreted carefully with a full understanding of their limitations and the statistical assumptions on which they are based. (Author)

Descriptors: Data Interpretation, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Models

Noonan, Richard; Wold, Herman – Evaluation in Education: An International Review Series, 1983

Tries to develop a method for empirical evaluations of the impact of a school system on measurable cognitive and affective outcomes in students. Concentrates on the Partial Least Squares (PLS) methodology, and illustrates the potential of PLS for system analysis. (BW)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Data Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods

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Gallini, Joan K.; Bell, Margaret E. – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 1983

The use of structural equation modelling in curriculum evaluation is discussed in two stages: first, a process model for curriculum evaluation from instructional theory is derived; second, the structural equation model derived from the process analysis and its applications to curriculum evaluation are described. (BW)

Descriptors: Curriculum Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Formative Evaluation, Models

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Hatcher, Larry – Structural Equation Modeling, 1996

Presents an approach (designed for beginners) to using PROC CALIS, a Statistical Analysis System (SAS) procedure, to perform path analyses using observed variables. The approach begins with the development of a figure to illustrate the researcher's theoretical model, and then converts the figure into a PROC CALIS program. (SLD)

Descriptors: Chi Square, Factor Analysis, Goodness of Fit, Path Analysis

Wolfle, Lee M. – 1982

Direct and indirect effects in decomposed zero-order correlations among variables in causal models are considered. Under certain circumstances, the components of the decompositions could be interpreted as direct, indirect, and spurious causal effects, plus a component called joint associations. The sum of the direct and indirect effects is the…

Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Estimation (Mathematics), Mathematical Formulas, Mathematical Models