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Original article | International Journal of Progressive Education 2019, Vol. 15(5) 32-41

Statistics Anxiety of Graduate Students

Tugay Tutkun

pp. 32 - 41   |  DOI: https://doi.org/10.29329/ijpe.2019.212.3   |  Manu. Number: MANU-1901-28-0002

Published online: October 16, 2019  |   Number of Views: 20  |  Number of Download: 41


Abstract

Commonly described by psychologists; anxiety is a psychological construct, as a state of apprehension, a vague fear that is only indirectly associated with an object  (Scovel, 1991). A small amount of anxiety is believed to be needed for learners since it improves performance which is known as facilitating anxiety. Statistics anxiety is a feeling of anxiety when taking a statistics course or doing statistical analysis (Cruise, Cash, & Bolton, 1985). In general, statistics anxiety is a debilitating anxiety which negatively affect students’ performance. Statistics is one of the compulsory courses in most graduate programs. Students entering to these graduate programs especially in social sciences such as education, usually do not have any math and statistical background which creates a negative perception towards statistics related courses. These negative feelings and perceptions are thought to be affect their level of success. The aim of this study is, therefore, to determine the anxiety related views of graduate students towards statistics course. Qualitative content analysis with purposeful sampling is used in the study. To this end, the research data were obtained with the help of 26 graduate students studying in Department of Educational Sciences at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University in the academic years of 2017-2018. A semi-structured interview form was used for data collection which aims to determine the anxiety related views of graduate students. Analysis of the results revealed five themes of statistics anxiety; (1) importance of the course, (2) math skills, (3) computer skills, (4) exam stress, and (5) foreign language skills. It can be concluded that defining and understanding the source of anxiety related behaviors will help to conduct more effective and efficient statistics courses.

Keywords: Statistics Anxiety, Graduate Student


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APA 6th edition
Tutkun, T. (2019). Statistics Anxiety of Graduate Students . International Journal of Progressive Education, 15(5), 32-41. doi: 10.29329/ijpe.2019.212.3

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Tutkun, Tugay (2019). "Statistics Anxiety of Graduate Students ". International Journal of Progressive Education 15 (5):32-41. doi:10.29329/ijpe.2019.212.3.

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