International issues in education

K. Ruggeri, C. Diaz, K. Kelley, I. Papousek, Martin Dempster, Donncha Hanna

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Anxiety, negative attitudes, and attrition are all issues presented in the teaching of statistics to undergraduates in research-based degrees regardless of location. Previous works have looked at these obstacles, but none have consolidated a multilingual, multinational effort using a consistent method. Over 400 Spanish-, English-, and German-speaking undergraduate students enrolled in introductory psychology statistics courses were given the Composite Survey of Statistics Anxiety and Attitudes to determine the precursors and effects of existing problems. Results indicated that student background was heavily linked to attitudes and anxieties. The measure was supported as a viable method for more than one class or university in addressing issues in statistics education, developing interventions to improve students’ experiences, and then determining the success of those changes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-74
Number of pages10
JournalPsychology Teaching Review
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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