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ERIC Number: EJ1180332
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-948X
Exploring Statistics Anxiety: Contrasting Mathematical, Academic Performance and Trait Psychological Predictors
Bourne, Victoria J.
Psychology Teaching Review, v24 n1 p35-43 2018
Statistics anxiety is experienced by a large number of psychology students, and previous research has examined a range of potential correlates, including academic performance, mathematical ability and psychological predictors. These varying predictors are often considered separately, although there may be shared variance between them. In the present study a wide range of predictors were measured in a sample of 112 first year undergraduate psychology students. For statistics anxiety, trait anxiety was the clearest predictor, with students who have higher levels of trait anxiety also having higher levels of statistics anxiety. For attitudes towards statistics, students who have better mathematical ability, and greater enjoyment of and confidence in their maths ability, also having more positive attitudes towards statistics. These findings suggest that models of statistics anxiety need to consider a wide range of predictors, which may in turn necessitate the development of a range of different interventions to alleviate statistics anxiety.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: State Trait Anxiety Inventory
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