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Keele, Luke – American Journal of Evaluation, 2015
In policy evaluations, interest may focus on why a particular treatment works. One tool for understanding why treatments work is causal mediation analysis. In this essay, I focus on the assumptions needed to estimate mediation effects. I show that there is no "gold standard" method for the identification of causal mediation effects. In…
Descriptors: Mediation Theory, Causal Models, Inferences, Path Analysis
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Jajo, Nethal K.; Harrison, Jen – Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 2014
University rankings are key drivers in national and institutional strategic planning. The increase in the number of university ranking systems and the diversity of methods and indicators used by these systems necessitate the development of an index that can measure a university's performance in all these systems at once. This article presents…
Descriptors: Reputation, Strategic Planning, Universities, Institutional Evaluation
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Froyen, Laura C.; Skibbe, Lori E.; Bowles, Ryan P.; Blow, Adrian J.; Gerde, Hope K. – Journal of Marriage and Family, 2013
The current study investigates associations among marital satisfaction, family emotional expressiveness, the home learning environment, and preschool-aged children's emergent literacy skills among 385 Midwestern mothers and their children. Path analyses examined how marital satisfaction related to emotional expressiveness in the home and whether…
Descriptors: Marital Satisfaction, Family Relationship, Emotional Response, Preschool Children
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Rindermann, Heiner; Flores-Mendoza, Carmen; Woodley, Michael A. – Intelligence, 2012
The social sciences have traditionally assumed that education is a major determinant of citizens' political orientations and behavior. Several studies have also shown that intelligence has an impact. According to a theory that conceptualizes intelligence as a "burgher" (middle-class, civil) phenomenon--intelligence should promote civil…
Descriptors: Intelligence, Political Attitudes, Opinions, Educational Attainment
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Wainer, Howard – Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, 2010
In this essay, the author tries to look forward into the 21st century to divine three things: (i) What skills will researchers in the future need to solve the most pressing problems? (ii) What are some of the most likely candidates to be those problems? and (iii) What are some current areas of research that seem mined out and should not distract…
Descriptors: Research Skills, Researchers, Internet, Access to Information
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Deakin, Michael A. B. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2008
An extended Heaviside calculus proposed by Peraire in a recent paper is similar to a generalization of the Laplace transform proposed by the present author. This similarity will be illustrated by analysis of an example supplied by Peraire.
Descriptors: Calculus, Generalization, Thermodynamics, Heat
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dos Santos, A. L. C.; da Silva, P. N. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2008
We use the Implicit Function Theorem to establish a result of non-existence of limit to a certain class of functions of several variables. We consider functions given by quotients such that both the numerator and denominator functions are null at the limit point. We show that the non-existence of the limit of such function is related with the…
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Demonstrations (Educational), Structural Equation Models, Path Analysis
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Hwang, Heungsun; Desarbo, Wayne S.; Takane, Yoshio – Psychometrika, 2007
Generalized Structured Component Analysis (GSCA) was recently introduced by Hwang and Takane (2004) as a component-based approach to path analysis with latent variables. The parameters of GSCA are estimated by pooling data across respondents under the implicit assumption that they all come from a single, homogenous group. However, as has been…
Descriptors: Urban Areas, Path Analysis, Monte Carlo Methods, Drinking
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Roberts, Jay – Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, 2007
This article is an attempt to critique some of the limitations of dominant school reform discourses in education, drawing upon the work of Michel Foucault, Michael Apple, Maxine Greene, and Dennis Carlson, in addition to writers in the emerging field of what might be called "eco-progressivism." The intersections between ecology and education can…
Descriptors: Ecology, School Restructuring, Progressive Education, Educational Change
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Lambie, Glenn W. – Journal of Counseling & Development, 2007
This article reports the findings of a national survey study of school counseling professionals to determine if higher ego development contributed to a lower degree of burnout. Although the primary path analysis model tested did not fit the data observed, a significant positive relationship indicated that participants scoring at higher levels of…
Descriptors: Self Concept, School Counselors, Path Analysis, Burnout
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Zhao, Hongbin; Sun, Baicai – Frontiers of Education in China, 2007
In China's current educational fiscal decision making, problems are as follows: no law to trust or not abiding by available laws, absence of equity and efficiency, as well as the standardization of decision-making procedures. It is necessary to set up effective fiscal decision-making mechanism in education and rationally devise reliable paths.
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Foreign Countries, Economics, Economic Factors
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Walker, Christopher O.; Greene, Barbara A.; Mansell, Robert A. – Learning & Individual Differences, 2006
Examined were several theoretically important relations among motivational characteristics of students that are malleable, or changeable with intervention. The motivational construct identification with academics, which includes perceptions of belonging and valuing within an academic context, was investigated along with intrinsic/extrinsic…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Motivation, Identification (Psychology), College Faculty
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Tsai, Tien-Lung; Shau, Wen-Yi; Hu, Fu-Chang – Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 2006
This article generalizes linear path analysis (PA) and simultaneous equations models (SiEM) to deal with mixed responses of different types in a recursive or triangular system. An efficient instrumental variable (IV) method for estimating the structural coefficients of a 2-equation partially recursive generalized path analysis (GPA) model and…
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, Path Analysis, Simulation, Equations (Mathematics)
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Rastegar, Mina – Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2006
This article aims at discussing a new statistical trend in research in applied linguistics. This rather new statistical procedure is causal modeling--path analysis. The article demonstrates that causal modeling--path analysis is the best statistical option to use when the effects of a multitude of L2 learners' variables on language achievement are…
Descriptors: Causal Models, Applied Linguistics, Academic Persistence, Path Analysis
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Alssid, Julian L.; Gruber, David; Jenkins, Davis; Mazzeo, Christopher; Roberts, Brandon; Stanback-Stroud, Regina – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2005
Disadvantaged adult students need special support and clear pathways to economic self-sufficiency. Programs that support them require clear data and information about their success to move forward.
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Adult Students, Labor Force Development, Institutional Role
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