Contributed Paper C116
Examining students' attitudes and perception of statistics in Middle East using the statistical anxiety rating scale
PresenterOyelola Adegboye (Qatar)
The study focused on examining students' attitudes and perception of statistics in Middle East universities and the factor structure of the statistical anxiety rating scale (STARS). Undergraduate students from different disciplines in different universities in Afghanistan participated in the study. In addition to testing the factor structure of the STARS, a multivariate multilevel analysis that incorporates the correlation in the data was carried out on the aggregated subscales of the STARS scores. Exploratory factor analysis identified 5-factor constructs to best fit the data and was confirmed by the fit indices as well as a likelihood ratio test. Male students showed more positive attitudes toward statistics and a higher level of statistics anxiety than their female counterparts.