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ERIC Number: EJ810690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1536-3759
Hope, Faith, and Statistics: An Examination of the Relationship
Mvududu, Nyaradzo; Larocque, Michelle
Christian Higher Education, v7 n3 p171-184 Jul 2008
The role of faith in numerous aspects of the daily life of many individuals, including college students, cannot be overestimated. In particular, many Americans feel that faith is an integral part of their lives and helps them through difficult situations. This article examines the associations among attitude, anxiety, hope, and religiosity in a statistics classroom. Specifically, the study examines the impact of faith in fostering a hopeful outlook in a Christian university and a secular university. Surveys were distributed asking students to report their attitude towards statistics, dispositional hope, stimulus-specific anxiety, and religious motivation. Demographic information was also collected. Results indicate that the students at the Christian university reported more hope, a more positive attitude, less anxiety, and more intrinsic religious motivation than students in the secular university. These findings suggest that there are noncognitive factors that university instructors should consider when creating the learning environment. For many college students, statistics is a course that is very difficult and produces a great deal of anxiety. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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