Title: Linking student outcome variables with school process variables: Multilevel confirmatory factor analysis takes precedence
Authors: D'Haenens, Ellen ×
Van Damme, Jan
Onghena, Patrick #
Issue Date: Sep-2010
Publisher: Routledge
Series Title: Effective Education vol:2 issue:2 pages:117-142
Abstract: In the current study, we investigated the relationship of constructed measures for school process variables with distinct student outcome variables, including one measure for student achievement and one psychosocial outcome variable. Two different approaches were used to develop these school process measures: standard confirmatory factor analysis plus aggregation on the one hand (i.e., the traditional approach) and multilevel confirmatory factor analysis on the other hand (i.e., the alternative approach). The main research objective involved the comparison between these two approaches. It was found that the alternative approach could yield different conclusions in comparison with the more traditional approach. Therefore, these results underline the importance of using the most appropriate approach to develop measures for school process variables, which is the alternative approach that explicitly takes into account the hierarchical nature of the data collected on school processes.
ISSN: 1941-5532
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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Education and Training
Methodology of Educational Sciences
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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