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A case for using structural equation modelling (SEM) in educational technology research

Teo, T.ORCID: 0000-0002-7552-8497 (2009) A case for using structural equation modelling (SEM) in educational technology research. British Journal of Educational Technology, 41 (5). E89-E91.

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Structural equation modelling (SEM) enjoyed a renaissance in the early 1970s. Many believed this was because of the advancement of SEM software, which made SEM readily accessible to substantive researchers, for them to address a variety of research questions. Some examples of such software include LISREL (LInear Structural RELations) by Jöreskog and Sorbom (2003), EQS (Bentler, 2003) and AMOS (Analysis of Moment Structures) by Arbuckle (2006). The combination of methodological advances and improved interfaces in these SEM software packages has resulted in the diverse usage of SEM. For example, Hershberger (2003) examined major journals in psychology from 1994 to 2001 and found that over 60% of these journals contained articles using SEM, more than double the number of articles published from 1985 to 1994. In the field of educational technology, SEM has been employed to study technology acceptance (Teo, 2009), attitude towards computer use (Teo, 2008), development and validation of scales (Teo & Noyes, 2008), and use of the Internet (Chiu, Sun, Sun & Ju, 2007).

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Publisher: Wiley
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