Statistics anxiety update: refining the construct and recommendations for a new research agenda

Chew, Peter K.H., and Dillon, Denise B. (2014) Statistics anxiety update: refining the construct and recommendations for a new research agenda. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 9 (2). pp. 196-208.

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Abstract

Appreciation of the importance of statistics literacy for citizens of a democracy has resulted in an increasing number of degree programs making statistics courses mandatory for university students. Unfortunately, empirical evidence suggests that students in nonmathematical disciplines (e.g., social sciences) regard statistics courses as the most anxiety-inducing course in their degree programs. Although a literature review exists for statistics anxiety, it was done more than a decade ago, and newer studies have since added findings for consideration. In this article, we provide a current review of the statistics anxiety literature. Specifically, related variables, definitions, and measures of statistics anxiety are reviewed with the goal of refining the statistics anxiety construct. Antecedents, effects, and interventions of statistics anxiety are also reviewed to provide recommendations for statistics instructors and for a new research agenda.

Item ID: 31106
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: statistics anxiety, literature review, measures, antecedents, effects, interventions
ISSN: 1745-6924
Date Deposited: 20 May 2014 03:01
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 60%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 40%
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