ERIC Number: ED470969
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Deconstructing Statistics Anxiety.
Earley, Mark A.; Mertler, Craig A.
A number of scales have been developed to measure the construct of statistics anxiety, the anxiety students feel when they take a statistics course, but few researchers have examined whether this anxiety is due solely to being enrolled in a statistics course or if there is some component that is simply a function of being a student (anxiety in any course, not just statistics). This study compared responses statistics students and writing students gave to the same course attitude scale, which was created from two existing statistics anxiety scales. Responses were received from approximately 28% of students in three writing and three statistics sections. Response patterns from the two groups were similar, indicating that items created to measure statistics anxiety may be measuring a general "course anxiety" construct instead of being specific to statistics courses. Future research should continue to explore the existing anxiety surveys to determine how "statistics anxiety" is being defined, and how the definition may be made more clear. (Contains 14 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 Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Columbus, OH, October 16-19, 2002).