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Elaboration analysis of the relationship between delivery model and educational attainment

Lam, WY; (2011) Elaboration analysis of the relationship between delivery model and educational attainment. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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As the programme to renew secondary school buildings gathers pace, questions are being asked if the investment is producing results in improved educational attainment. This research sought to verify finding from earlier research that educational attainment improved faster in PFI rebuilt schools compared to conventionally- procured rebuilt schools. Quantitative analysis, incorporating the latest data, was performed and the finding was confirmed, though statistical significance was not universally established due to large variance within the dataset and small sample size. The finding was deemed note-worthy still because the sample included all the rebuilt schools with complete longitudinal data. Further quantitative analysis was performed to elaborate on this finding. Unauthorised absence was used as a proxy to students' motivation. Analysis results provided some, evidence of statistical significance for the hypothesis that PFI rebuilt schools improve students' motivation more than conventionally-procured rebuilt schools. In addition, a significant correlation was found to exist between improved students' motivation and improved educational attainment. Therefore, students' motivation elaborated the original finding thus: PFI rebuilt schools improved students' motivation more which showed up in faster improvement in educational attainment. As an extension to the elaboration analysis, a conceptual framework was developed to build a comprehensive understanding of the mechanism through which the original relationship works. Path analysis, together with its path diagram and associated structural equations, was proposed. This paved the way to an in-depth quantitative analysis to unpick the complex nature of the relationship between procurement choice and educational attainment in the next stage of research.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Elaboration analysis of the relationship between delivery model and educational attainment
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Electronic and Electrical Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1568305
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