ERIC Number: EJ1067177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
MSW Students' Perceptions of Relevance and Application of Statistics: Implications for Field Education
Davis, Ashley; Mirick, Rebecca G.
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v35 n3 p317-336 2015
Many social work students feel anxious when taking a statistics course. Their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors after learning statistics are less known. However, such information could help instructors support students' ongoing development of statistical knowledge. With a sample of MSW students (N = 101) in one program, this study examined students' feelings of anxiety and confidence, beliefs about the relevance of statistics to their education and practice, and the relationship of these attitudes and beliefs to their actual statistical competence. The findings indicate that repeated exposure to statistics supports the development of statistical competence, particularly in relevant applied contexts like field education.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Social Work, Masters Programs, Student Attitudes, Statistics, Student Behavior, Anxiety, Self Efficacy, Relevance (Education), Counselor Training, Teaching Methods, Competency Based Education, Likert Scales, Statistical Analysis
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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