ERIC Number: ED441026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
The Meaning of Success for Students in Statistical Methods Courses: A Phenomenological Study.
Finney, Sara J.
The meaning of success as experienced by students in statistical methods courses was studied. Six social science graduate students who had completed several statistical methods courses were interviewed. The qualitative method of phenomenology was used to understand the essence of success by analyzing the students' experiences and perceptions. The students described success as an accumulation of conceptual knowledge that they are able to apply and communicate to others. They experienced success predominantly in the context of working in study groups. Success was precipitated by, and coupled with, positive feelings such as confidence and happiness. Appendixes contain the study cover letter and a transcribed interview. (Contains 44 references.) (Author/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 American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).