Contributed Paper C217
Self-efficacy and attitudes in Statistics in Higher Education
AuthorsMauren Porciúncula (Brazil)
Karla Schreiber (Brazil)
Marcia Senna (Brazil)
PresenterMauren Porciúncula (Brazil)
Attitude represents the readiness of a subject to respond to a given situation favorably or unfavorably. Self-efficacy is defined as the confidence of individuals in their ability to achieve a goal. Therefore, an investigation about the self-efficacy and attitude towards Statistics of undergraduates from a federal university of the southern coast of Brazil is presented. In addition, its relation with gender, undergraduation course, age and performance is analyzed. The data were collected through an informative questionnaire and two scales, one of self-efficacy and another of attitude. The analyses indicated that performance is directly related to self-efficacy, but not to attitude. Also, there was a direct and significant relationship between the scales. The sample showed self-efficacy and favorable attitudes towards Statistics.