EDU 645 Week 5 DQ 1 Correlation and Causality

EDU 645 Week 5 DQ 1 Correlation and Causality

Author: Lester Dunn



According to the authors of the textbook, “one of the most frequent misinterpretations in statistics (and in education) is to infer that because two variables are correlated with one another, one variable causes the other” (Kubiszyn & Borich, 2010).  What does this mean?  What are the potential dangers to assessment and learning when one mistakenly implies causality where only a correlation between two variables exists?

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