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ERIC Number: EJ839970
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1570-1824
A Structural Equation Model Analyzing the Relationship of Students' Attitudes toward Statistics, Prior Reasoning Abilities and Course Performance
Tempelaar, Dirk T.; van der Loeff, Sybrand Schim; Gijselaers, Wim H.
Statistics Education Research Journal, v6 n2 p78-102 Nov 2007
Recent research in statistical reasoning has focused on the developmental process in students when learning statistical reasoning skills. This study investigates statistical reasoning from the perspective of individual differences. As manifestation of heterogeneity, students' prior attitudes toward statistics, measured by the extended Survey of Attitudes Toward Statistics (SATS), are used (Schau, Stevens, Dauphinee & DeVecchio, 1995). Students' statistical reasoning abilities are identified by the Statistical Reasoning Assessment (SRA) instrument (Garfield 1996, 1998a, 2003). The aim of the study is to investigate the relationship between attitudes and reasoning abilities by estimating a full structural equation model. Instructional implications of the model for the teaching of statistical reasoning are discussed. (Contains 4 figures and 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands