ERIC Number: ED353316
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Students' Attitudes toward Statistics (STATS).
The purposes of this study were to develop an instrument to measure students' attitude toward statistics (STATS), and to define the underlying dimensions that comprise the STATS. The instrument consists of 24 items. The sample included 79 male and 97 female students from the statistics classes at the College of Education and the College of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). Students were asked to indicate the extent to which each statement described them using a scale from 0 to 9. The resulting data show that the alpha reliability coefficient for the whole 24 items was 0.82. Then, after dropping the 3 weakest items, the reliability coefficient increased to 0.86. A principal components factor analysis with a varimax (orthogonal) rotation revealed the following six factors: (1) students' interest and future applicability; (2) relationship and impact of the instructor; (3) attitude toward statistical tools; (4) self-confidence; (5) parental influence; and (6) initiative and extra effort in learning statistics. The Students' Attitudes Toward Statistics inventory psychometric analysis revealed sound properties and therefore can be used by researchers and practitioners to measure students' attitudes about statistics. The instrument is included. (Author/RLC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A