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Volume 17, Issue 4 (1988)

Using Path Analysis to Test the Importance of Manipulable Influences on School Learning

pp. 637—643

ABSTRACT: The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how path analysis could be used to answer the research question: Which are the important, manipulable influences on school learning? A general path model is developed based on variables common to theories of school learning. In order to illustrate the technique, that general model of school learning is further translated into a specific model designed to test the importance of the various influences on the achievement of high school students. The results of a path analysis of the specific model are briefly reported,using data from a large, longitudinal data set. Direct, indirect, and total effects of each variable of interest are calculated and interpreted.

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