A novel approach to estimating and testing specific mediation effects in educational research: explication and application of Macho and Ledermann's (2011) phantom model approach

Perera, Harsha N. (2013) A novel approach to estimating and testing specific mediation effects in educational research: explication and application of Macho and Ledermann's (2011) phantom model approach. International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education, 1 (1). pp. 39-60. ISSN 2049-5986

Abstract

This paper addresses the issue of estimating and testing specific indirect effects in recursive structural equation models by considering Macho and Ledermann's (2011) novel approach to testing specific mediation hypotheses. Mediating processes are critical to understanding the underlying pathways through which predictor variables influence criterion variables. Notwithstanding the utility of assessing mediation for elucidating underlying
psychological processes, only recently have educational researchers become increasingly concerned with performing empirical significance tests of specific mediation hypotheses. Following an overview of statistical mediation and consideration of the limitations of widely-used structural equation modelling (SEM) programs in handling tests of specific indirect effects, this paper argues for the use of Macho and Ledermann's (2011) phantom model approach among applied educational researchers to test specific indirect effect hypotheses.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2013 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. Publisher does not formally support archiving. Published version made not accessible.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2013 23:04
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2017 06:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: indirect effects; mediation; intervening variables; bootstrapping; bootstrap; confidence intervals; mediation analysis
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23923

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