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American Journal of Educational Research. 2014, 2(12), 1151-1159
DOI: 10.12691/education-2-12-4
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Empirical Study on Students and their Attitudes toward Statistics Course and Statistical Field

Arturo García-Santillán1, Milka E. Escalera-Chávez2, Carlos A. Rojas-Kramer3, and Felipe J. Pozos-Texon1

1Administrative-Economic Research Center, Universidad Cristóbal Colón, Veracruz, Mexico

2Central Zone Multidisciplinary Unit, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico

3Information Technologies, Universidad Cristóbal Colón, Veracruz, Mexico

Pub. Date: December 01, 2014

Cite this paper:
Arturo García-Santillán, Milka E. Escalera-Chávez, Carlos A. Rojas-Kramer and Felipe J. Pozos-Texon. Empirical Study on Students and their Attitudes toward Statistics Course and Statistical Field. American Journal of Educational Research. 2014; 2(12):1151-1159. doi: 10.12691/education-2-12-4

Abstract

The aim of this study was to verify whether there are significant differences between the profiles of the mean score students from a sample of three universities, regarding attitude toward the statistics’ course and attitude toward the statistical field. The universities were: Universidad Cristóbal Colón (UCC), Universidad Politécnica de Aguascalientes (UPA) and Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (UASLP). The Attitudes toward Statistics (ATS) scale -proposed by Wise in 1985- was utilized for this purpose. The survey was conducted among 672 students enrolled in mathematics courses, and data were processed through discriminant analysis. The results suggest that the ATS of students at UPA are distinct from the attitude observed on students at UCC, and the ATS of students at UASLP are different from students at UCC and UPA.

Keywords:
Attitudes toward statistics (ATS) Attitudes toward field (ATF) Attitudes toward course (ATC) Canonical discriminant functions Criterion of proportional randomness (CPROP) and the Maximum randomness criterion (Cmax)

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