GEDU 6170-04-A

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GEDU 6170-04-A

What are the central theories/concepts/frameworks?The author does not an obvious theoretical framework, he seems to be operating under a positivistic research paradigm. He uses the concept of statistics anxiety, a construct defined as "feelings of anxiety encountered when taking a statistics course or when doing statistical analyses [...]" (p. 157)

What is the central question this reference is treating?Do so-called "non-traditional " students suffer from statistics anxiety to a higher degree than the "traditional" students (younger students)? Is there a correlation between Statistics Anxiety and the final grade on a stats course?From his perspective, the increasing population of more mature students triggers the question how this population is affected by statistics anxiety.

Bell, Statistics Anxiety: The Non-Traditional Student

Helpful research? Important outcomes for practice?some methodological problems: significance level, the sample size (overall and the amount of non-trad. student vs. trad. students), the construct of statistics anxiety (does this really exist as a condition?), lack of theoretical framework of the article....We might be confirmed in our knowledge that fearing the teacher does not help the students' achievement, be it stats or any other subject.

What are the results of this study?in Table 1, the author compares the test results of the different factors with the overall STARS percentile scores for undergraduate students. The author finds two areas of significant difference (test & class anxiety, but we need to question the applied significance level; and the final grade). There was a strong correlation found for the non-traditional student between final grades and the fear of the stats teacher.

What it the research method used?He is using the STARS (Statistics Anxiety Rating Scale) survey in order to identify possible statistics anxiety and administers it to 121 business students of which 21 students are considered "non-traditional" students (25 years and older). He also collected their final grades of the statistics course. In order to establish correlation, he is then conducing a factor analysis between the various factors and the final grades


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