Contributed paper list
(Wednesday 5th, 11:00-12:30)
Relationship between reading ablity and statistics anxiety among African-American graduate students: implications for the teaching and learning of statistics
AuthorsKathleen M T Collins, Anthony J Onwuegbuzie
AbstractThe several antecedents of statistics anxiety that have been identified, at best, identify students who are at risk for debilitative levels of statistics anxiety, thereby having only minimal implications for intervention. Further, these few interventions have tended to be teacher-centered rather than student-centered. The area of reading ability appears to offer a viable avenue for research on the antecedents of statistics anxiety. Because statistics textbooks often present complex material, students with low reading ability possibly are prone to experience high anxiety levels. To date, this link has not been formally investigated. Thus, this study examined whether reading ability predicts statistics anxiety levels among 92 African-American graduate students. A canonical correlation analysis revealed a strong multivariate relationship between reading ability and statistics anxiety. Instructional implications are discussed.