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Wolfle, Lee M. – American Educational Research Journal, 1980
Path analysis is defined for explicitly formulating theory, and for attaching quantitative estimates to causal effects thought to exist on a priori grounds. The four basic kinds of path models are illustrated: (1) recursive; (2) block; (3) block-recursive and (4) nonrecursive. (Author/GDC)
Descriptors: Etiology, Mathematical Models, Path Analysis, Research Design
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Zimmerman, Barry J.; And Others – American Educational Research Journal, 1992
The causal role of students' self-efficacy beliefs and academic goals in self-motivated academic attainment was studied for 102 ninth and tenth graders (50 males and 52 females) using path analysis procedures. Perceived efficacy to achieve motivates academic attainment both directly and indirectly by influencing personal goal setting. (SLD)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Educational Objectives, Etiology, Grade 10