ERIC Number: ED561048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
Advanced Placement® Statistics Students' Education Choices after High School. Research Notes. RN-38
Patterson, Brian F.
Taking the AP Statistics course and exam does not appear to be related to greater interest in the statistical sciences. Despite this finding, with respect to deciding whether to take further statistics course work and majoring in statistics, students appear to feel prepared for, but not interested in, further study. There is certainly more research needed in order to make causal inferences about the issues presented in this analysis. However, it should serve as encouragement for both AP Statistics and college statistics instructors and the broader statistical community that the AP Statistics program seems to be successful in preparing students for further study and in increasing interest in statistics. An appendix contains: Summary of Population and Sample Sizes and Response Counts by Strata Variables.
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Statistics, High School Students, College Preparation, Student Interests, Higher Education, Course Selection (Students), College Students, College Graduates, Statistical Analysis, Questionnaires, Majors (Students), Program Effectiveness, Decision Making, Influences
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: College Board, Office of Research and Psychometrics