Statistics anxiety and the Big Five personality factors

Chew, Kia Hong Peter, and Dillon, Denise (2014) Statistics anxiety and the Big Five personality factors. Procedia: social and behavioral sciences, 112. pp. 1177-1186.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between statistics anxiety and the Big Five personality factors using a multivariate approach. Participants were 83 students (69% female) enrolled in one of three statistics courses. A canonical correlation analysis revealed that Neuroticism was positively correlated whereas Openness to Experience and Agreeableness was negatively correlated with Worth of Statistics, Fear of Asking for Help, and Fear of Statistics Teachers. Extraversion was positively correlated with Interpretation Anxiety, Test and Class Anxiety, and Fear of Asking for Help. Conscientiousness was not correlated with statistics anxiety. Practical implications include advising statistics instructors to adjust teaching in order to cater to students with different personalities. Limitations include the possibility of social desirability bias and non-generalizabilty of results.

Item ID: 30581
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: statistics anxiety, big five personality, canonical correlation analysis
Additional Information:

Papers in this volume of Procedia are from the International Conference on Education & Educational Psychology 2013 (ICEEPSY 2013) This is an open access article published under a CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 license.

ISSN: 1877-0428
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2014 23:41
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 50%
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