Have you ever thought about how your students’ attitudes might relate to their learning?
Help us find out!
We hope that you are willing to join
as we strive to understand the role that student attitudes play in the learning process.
We are a team of researchers working on a
funded by the National Science Foundation (DUE-2013392) to develop validated instruments
measuring student and instructor attitudes toward statistics and data science. We refer to
this project as MASDER (Motivational Attitudes in Statistics and Data Science Education
Research). These instruments will allow us to understand how student attitudes toward
statistics relate to course grades and conceptual understanding, as well as to instructor
attitudes, pedagogical modalities, and course and university characteristics. We hope you
will agree to participate in this important work.
This Fall we are looking for instructors who are willing to give students in their
undergraduate statistics courses our pilot Student Survey of Motivational Attitudes toward
Statistics (S-SOMAS). We will make this as easy as possible for you by providing an
individualized link for administering this survey to your class. It should only take
students about 10-15 minutes to complete.
This project has been approved by our Institutional Review Board (IRB).They have also set
forth some guidelines that we must follow in conducting this research, which we describe
herein. The survey should be assigned either for class credit or for extra credit in order
to increase the response rates. We will share with you a list of students who completed
the consent form, but we are unable to reveal additional student information or survey
responses. Your involvement in this project improves the quality of the final survey which
we will develop. Amalgamated, de-identified survey data will be publicly available at the
end of the grant period, as well as additional material. If you would like to connect with
your IRB before administering the survey, you may provide them with this
that includes information they might need to determine your eligibility to administer the
If you are interested in participating, please fill out this short
by October 27th. This short survey should be completed for each course you plan to
administer the S-SOMAS to. You do not need to complete the survey multiple times for each
section within a course. We would like your students to complete the S-SOMAS survey by
December 1st. We will begin recruitment for the Spring 2022 semester after Thanksgiving.
We also encourage you to share this email with colleagues who might be interested.
We thank you in advance for your help!
Alana Unfried (PI), California State University - Monterey Bay
Leyla Batakci, Elizabethtown College
Wendine Bolon, Monmouth College
Marjorie Bond, Monmouth College
April Kerby-Helm, Winona State University
Michael Posner, Villanova University
Douglas Whitaker, Mount Saint Vincent University