10th International
Conference on
Teaching Statistics
8 – 13 July 2018
Kyoto, Japan
Contributed paper list

Contributed Paper C200

In session C7J  (Wednesday 11th, 9:30-10:30,   Level 2 - Seminar Room 1)

A Framework and Survey for Measuring Students’ Motivational Attitudes toward Statistics


Douglas Whitaker (University of Wisconsin-Stout, United States of America)
Alana Unfried (California State University, Monterey Bay, United States of America)
Leyla Batakci (Elizabethtown College, United States of America)


Douglas Whitaker (United States of America)


The Survey of Motivational Attitudes toward Statistics (SOMAS) for Students is part of a family of instruments designed to assess attitudes toward statistics. In the SOMAS project, attitudes toward statistics are conceptualized broadly, and the instruments are designed drawing from Expectancy-Value Theory (EVT) (Eccles, 1983). In this way, the SOMAS project aims to build upon and extend the work of other attitude measures, e.g. the SATS-36. This paper describes the EVT model for students' motivational attitudes, the constructs to be assessed by the student SOMAS instrument, and future directions for the project.

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