ERIC Number: ED419022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
The Effects of a Graduate Learning Experience on Anxiety, Achievement, and Expectations in Research and Statistics.
Trimarco, Katherine A.
This study was designed to measure anxieties, expectations, achievement levels, and the mastery of research and statistics prior to and after the completion of a research methods course by 109 graduate students (85 female and 24 male). Subjects completed surveys and pretests to measure anxiety, perceptions about research and statistics, and expectations related to research and statistics. Results were consistent with the expectation that subjects reporting a greater breadth of knowledge (self-efficacy) reported less anxiety. At the end of the course, 69.4% of female students reported expectations to learn statistics in comparison with 38.8% before the class. Female students gained enough confidence to conclude that they would be able to understand and use research. No significant relationship was found between anxiety levels and gender. Appendixes contain the course syllabus, reported levels of anxiety, and the pre- and post-questionnaires. (Contains 9 tables and 13 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (28th, Ellenville, NY, October 28-30, 1997).