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ERIC Number: EJ1104525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0737-7363
Adult Perceptions of In-Class Collaborative Problem Solving as Mitigation for Statistics Anxiety
Kinkead, Karl J.; Miller, Heather; Hammett, Richard
Journal of Continuing Higher Education, v64 n2 p101-111 2016
Two purposes existed for initiating this qualitative case study involving adults who had completed a college-level business statistics course. The first purpose was to explore adult challenges with stress and anxiety during the course: a phenomenon labeled statistics anxiety in the literature. The second purpose was to gain insight into adult perceptions of an instructional methodology that employed collaborative problem solving as an intervention to reduce student anxiety levels. Findings from this research provided valuable insights regarding adult perceptions of statistics and statistics courses. First, 75% of the participants recalled their performance in the course as being challenged by elevated levels of stress and anxiety. We also found a distinct inverse correlation between adult self-perception of math competency and statistics anxiety levels. Also notable were findings that a majority of the adult participants perceived working collaboratively markedly reduced anxiety levels, resulting in improved performance on tasks and assessments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
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Language: English
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