ERIC Number: ED448202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-15
Statistics Anxiety: Nature, Etiology, Antecedents, Effects, and Treatments: A Comprehensive Review of the Literature.
Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J.; Wilson, Vicki A.
Many college students are required to enroll in statistics and quantitative research methodology courses as part of their degree programs, but many students report high levels of anxiety while enrolled in these classes. Recent years have seen an increase in the number of articles on statistics anxiety appearing in the literature as researchers have recognized that statistics anxiety is a multidimensional construct that has debilitating effects on academic performance. This paper provides a summary of the literature on statistics anxiety, describing the nature, etiology, and prevalence of statistics anxiety. The antecedents (dispositional, situational, and environmental) of statistics anxiety are identified, and their effects on achievement in statistics are traced. Existing measures of statistics anxiety are described, and an array of successful interventions for reducing statistics anxiety are discussed. (Contains 1 figure and 81 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (28th, Bowling Green, KY, November 17-19, 2000).