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
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
Pilot Instructor Survey of Motivational Attitudes toward Teaching Statistics
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
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