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Statistics anxiety and achievement in a statistics course among psychology students

Abd Hamid, Harris Shah and Sulaiman, Muhamad Karimi (2014) Statistics anxiety and achievement in a statistics course among psychology students. International Journal of Behavioral Science, 9 (1). pp. 55-66. ISSN 1906-4675

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Learning of statistics presents a challenge to psychology students whose background in mathematics is not strong. The percentage of students who failed Statistics course at the Department of Psychology in one university in Malaysia is of concern. A survey that included a measure of statistics anxiety was conducted at the beginning of a semester among students taking a statistics course. Performance measures included a basic mathematic review quiz, continuous assessment mark, final examination marks, and total marks. The course was divided into three sections, all taught by the same instructor. Scores from 139 students were used in the analysis. Statistics anxiety and attitude towards statistics are not significantly correlated and both are not related to the total marks. The mathematics quiz score is a significant predictor of total marks. The instrument for measuring pre-course mathematics ability could be used in class as part of the teaching strategy to improve students‟ learning experience.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 4733/36111
Uncontrolled Keywords: statistics anxiety, academic performance, psychology students
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF725 Class psychology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Psychology
Depositing User: Br Harris Shah Abd Hamid
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2014 09:09
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2018 09:06
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/36111

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