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Technically Speaking: What is Causal Inference and Why is it Important?

By:  
Ariel M. Aloe, Ph.D.
Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.

Posted on: February 23, 2021
In experimental studies, reading researchers try to establish a connection between a program or type of instruction and students’ reading performance by controlling for other things that might explain the outcomes.