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ERIC Number: EJ996041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
ISSN: ISSN-1570-1824
The Importance of Attitudes in Statistics Education
Ramirez, Caroline; Schau, Candace; Emmioglu, Esma
Statistics Education Research Journal, v11 n2 p57-71 Nov 2012
People forget what they do not use. But attitudes "stick." Our article emphasizes the importance of students' attitudes toward statistics. We examine 15 surveys that purport to assess these attitudes and then describe the "Survey of Attitudes Toward Statistics," a commonly used attitude survey. We present our conceptual model of Students' Attitudes Toward Statistics (SATS-M), which is congruent with Eccles and colleagues' Expectancy-Value Theory (Eccles' EVT), as well as others. The SATS-M includes three broad constructs that impact Statistics Course Outcomes: Student Characteristics, Previous Achievement-Related Experiences, and Statistics Attitudes. We briefly describe Eccles' EVT and other theories that support our SATS-M. We relate findings from research using the SATS to our model and end with implications for statistics education. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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