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Pages: 2382-2386
Publication year: 2021
ISBN: 978-84-09-27666-0
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2021.0511

Conference name: 15th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 8-9 March, 2021
Location: Online Conference

AN EVALUATION OF ATTITUDES TOWARDS STATISTICS IN SECONDARY EDUCATION STUDENTS

A. Peiró-Signes1, O. Trull-Dominguez2, J.C. García-Díaz1, M. Segarra-Oña1

1Universitat Politècnica de València (SPAIN)
2IES Gonzalo Anaya (SPAIN)
Students in secondary education often suffer high levels of anxiety and a reduction of their self-confidence in mathematical related activities, such as activities dealing with statistics. These bad feelings affect their academic performance. In this study, we want to analyse the different dimensions of student’s attitude towards statistics and the connections among them to evaluate the changes needed to improve them. We evaluate the 5 different attitudes towards statistics included in the Multi-factorial Scale of Attitudes Toward Statistics (MSATS) over the entire population of a single high school in their different educational levels. We used descriptive statistics to compare the level of the different attitudes, and the correlation matrix and a network plot between the variables representing these attitudes to evaluate the connections and interrelation between them. The results indicate externally driven attitudes, such as usefulness and enjoyment show lower values than internally driven attitudes. The connections found between the variables, reflecting different attitudes towards statistics, indicate the mutual interdependence between them. We advocate for the improvement of the perception of these dimensions through the use of more active learning methodologies and working on the applicability of the statistical concepts to students’ real situations. Eventually, a better perception of the usefulness and enjoyment of statistics will increase the motivation and self-confidence and reduce anxiety, which probably will improve the students’ performance in the subject.
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author = {Peir{\'{o}}-Signes, A. and Trull-Dominguez, O. and Garc{\'{i}}a-D{\'{i}}az, J.C. and Segarra-O{\~n}a, M.},
title = {AN EVALUATION OF ATTITUDES TOWARDS STATISTICS IN SECONDARY EDUCATION STUDENTS},
series = {15th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2021 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-09-27666-0},
issn = {2340-1079},
doi = {10.21125/inted.2021.0511},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/inted.2021.0511},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Online Conference},
month = {8-9 March, 2021},
year = {2021},
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TY - CONF
AU - A. Peiró-Signes AU - O. Trull-Dominguez AU - J.C. García-Díaz AU - M. Segarra-Oña
TI - AN EVALUATION OF ATTITUDES TOWARDS STATISTICS IN SECONDARY EDUCATION STUDENTS
SN - 978-84-09-27666-0/2340-1079
DO - 10.21125/inted.2021.0511
PY - 2021
Y1 - 8-9 March, 2021
CI - Online Conference
JO - 15th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
JA - INTED2021 Proceedings
SP - 2382
EP - 2386
ER -
A. Peiró-Signes, O. Trull-Dominguez, J.C. García-Díaz, M. Segarra-Oña (2021) AN EVALUATION OF ATTITUDES TOWARDS STATISTICS IN SECONDARY EDUCATION STUDENTS, INTED2021 Proceedings, pp. 2382-2386.
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