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ERIC Number: EJ1162356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1570-1824
When Do Students' Attitudes Change? Investigating Student Attitudes at Midterm
Kerby, April T.; Wroughton, Jacqueline R.
Statistics Education Research Journal, v16 n2 p476-486 Nov 2017
Statistics educators have been investigating how students' attitudes change in the introductory statistics course for many years. Typically, an overall decrease in mean attitudes over the course has been noted. However, when and how do students' attitudes change during the term? Do they steadily decrease or is there a point when students' attitudes might actually be increasing? If so, can instructors use this to their advantage? This research introduced a mid-semester survey of attitudes. We found that students' attitudes are not necessarily strictly declining from the beginning to the end of the semester. We also found it might be advantageous to follow individual student attitude trends throughout the semester instead of just looking at aggregate mean scores for the different surveys.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Minnesota
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