Surveys Assessing Students’ Attitudes Toward Statistics: A Systematic Review of Validity and Reliability


Authors: 
Meaghan M. Nolan, Tanya Beran, and Kent G. Hecker
Year: 
2012
URL: 
http://iase-web.org/documents/SERJ/SERJ11(2)_Nolan.pdf
Abstract: 

Students with positive attitudes toward statistics are likely to show strong academic performance in statistics courses. Multiple surveys measuring students’ attitudes toward statistics exist; however, a comparison of the validity and reliability of interpretations based on their scores is needed. A systematic review of relevant electronic databases yielded 532 citations, 78 of which were reviewed, and 35 included in a final analysis. Fifteen instruments were identified; however, evidence of validity and reliability has only accumulated for the Statistics Attitude Scale, Attitudes Toward Statistics Scale, and Survey of Attitudes Toward Statistics (two versions). In conclusion, a number of surveys exist, but there is a paucity of peer-reviewed validity and reliability evidence.