ERIC Number: ED459214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Increasing and Decreasing Anxiety: A Study of Doctoral Students in Education Research Courses.
Wilson, Vicki A.; Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J.
As part of an ongoing study of statistics anxiety, 70 doctoral students at 2 research universities completed a Likert-type instrument asking them to rate from "not at all" (1) to "a great deal" (5) the extent to which 17 elements increased the anxiety and 20 elements decreased the anxiety that they experienced in educational research courses. Students were also asked to list additional elements that increased or decreased their anxiety levels. Means and standard deviations were computed for each item in the survey. Ranking at the top for increasing anxiety was the amount of work due for the class, followed by the amount of material covered in class, tests, the difficulty of the work, and the amount of work due for other classes. Ranking at the top for decreasing anxiety was getting a good grade on an assignment, followed by completing an assignment, and receiving encouragement from the teacher. Analyses of the open-ended questions revealed several themes for increasing anxiety, beginning with dissatisfaction with the teaching style of the professor. Themes that emerged for increasing anxiety included the availability of the professor to meet individually with students, help and support from other students, previous experience with statistics, and several other conditions. Several students reported feeling little or no anxiety in educational research classes. The survey instrument is attached. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (30th, Little Rock, AR, November 15-16, 2001).