Have you ever wondered how your own attitudes toward teaching statistics might be related to your student attitudes toward statistics? Help us find out by completing a survey about your own attitudes toward teaching statistics


We are a team of researchers working on a project 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.


You probably received an email from us last fall asking for you to partner in administering our pilot Student Survey of Motivational Attitudes toward Statistics (S-SOMAS). This email is for a different purpose; this time we are asking you to complete our pilot Instructor Survey of Motivational Attitudes toward Teaching Statistics (I-SOMAS). Since this is a pilot instrument, some questions will seem repetitive. Your responses are important in helping us refine the instrument. It should take you around 20 minutes to complete. This project has been approved by our Institutional Review Board (IRB). 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 are interested in participating, please click the following link to complete the survey:

Pilot Instructor Survey of Motivational Attitudes toward Teaching Statistics (I-SOMAS)


Please complete the survey by March 7th. We also encourage you to share this email with colleagues who might be interested. Please also visit our website if you would like to hear more about our work. 


We thank you in advance for your help!

Alana Unfried (PI), California State University Monterey Bay

Leyla Batakci, Elizabethtown College

Wendine Bolon, RSM US

Marjorie Bond, Monmouth College

April Kerby-Helm, Winona State University

Michael Posner, Villanova University

Douglas Whitaker, Mount Saint Vincent University