Listing All Possible Causal Relationships

Does A cause B, or does B causes A? Pupils analyze the possible causal relationships between two variables with a high correlation coefficient. The scholars describe the three possible relationships and determine whether the correlation can determine causality.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Research variables that have a strong correlation but that do not have a causal relationahip, such as ice cream sales and temperature
  • Conduct a short discussion on the meanings of correlation coefficients
Classroom Considerations
  • The class should understand the terms causation and correlation
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