ERIC Number: ED441826
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Stress and Stress Relief in the Educational Research Classroom.
Wilson, Vicki A.
Factors that increase stress and those that decrease stress were studied with 33 graduate students in an introductory educational research course. Participants completed the Statistical Anxiety Rating Scale (STARS) (R. Cruse, R. Cash, and D. Bolton, 1985) and were asked to rate their anxiety daily during the 4 weeks of the class. The instructor's recognition of anxiety, the instructor's use of humor, and the ability to work with a partner or group were seen by students as anxiety reduction factors. Reducing fear of evaluation was more difficult; students were highly anxious even with an open-book/open-note test. Other situations that increased stress were being unfamiliar with the tools and materials of statistics, having to make a presentation in front of peers, and being given assignments that differed from those required in other courses. Personal and family concerns and the amount of work required in other classes added to the strain of taking the educational research class. (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).