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This paper illustrates how information collected through interviews can develop a richer understanding of the assignment mechanism, which can result in more plausible causal effect estimates from observational studies and provides a roadmap for sensitivity analysis. Focusing on the issue of assignment to algebra in 8th grade, the author shows how a preliminary data collection effort aimed at understanding the assignment mechanism is particularly beneficial in multisite observational studies in education. The data were collected in middle schools within a California school district spanning urban and suburban communities. (Contains 1 figure.)

Descriptors: Middle Schools, Grade 8, Interviews, Algebra, Data Collection, School Districts, Statistical Inference, Influences, Research Design, Data Analysis, Regression (Statistics), Models, Decision Making

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Author: Rickles, Jordan H.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=1129&id=ED512729







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