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

Contributed Paper C227


Students’ behavioral intentions regarding the future use of statistical methods


Polona Tominc (University of Maribor, Slovenia)
Maruša Krajnc (University of Maribor, Slovenia)
Klavdija Vivod (University of Maribor, Slovenia)
Blaž Frešer (University of Maribor, Slovenia)


Polona Tominc (Slovenia)


We study the economics and business studies students' attitudes, towards the usage of statistical methods, as the antecedent of their behavioral intentions to use them in the future. Attitudes revealed to be a strong factor in the process of shaping these intentions. In this research the conceptual model based on the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) was developed and tested. Although TAM has been already used in the past researches to predict the behavioral intentions about the future use of statistical methods, our research brings additional insights by extending the model with several external factors as antecedents of students’ attitudes (such as students' personal characteristics, fear of statistics and support of teacher). Research results provide important information for practitioners, educators, lecturers and curricula management teams.