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ERIC Number: EJ1136203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Making Meaning of MSW Students' Statistical Abilities: The Role of Self-Efficacy and Knowledge-Based Assessment
Mirick, Rebecca G.; Davis, Ashley
Journal of Social Work Education, v53 n2 p212-221 2017
Although statistics and research are key components of social work education, students are often described as reluctant consumers and users of statistics. Self-efficacy theory has been used to understand students' engagement with the statistical knowledge needed for practice. This quantitative study explores the relationship between self-efficacy, self-reported ability, and demonstrated statistical knowledge among MSW students (N = 101). There was a weak positive relationship between self-efficacy and the ability to apply statistics, but self-efficacy was not associated with perceived or demonstrated ability to define statistical concepts. Although many students demonstrated a strong ability to define statistical concepts, the majority of students were unable to apply the concepts to a practice-based example. The implications for competency-based statistical instruction are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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