Contributed Paper C247In session C7J (Wednesday 11th, 9:30-10:30, Level 2 - Seminar Room 1)
Specialist and Non-Specialist Students' Attitudes Towards Statistics
AuthorsZainal Abidin Koemadji (University of Leicester, United Kingdom)
Professor Janet M. Ainley (University of Leicester, )
PresenterZainal Abidin Koemadji (United Kingdom)
This study is about students’ attitudes towards statistics courses in higher education institutions in Indonesia. The participants were students from a Mathematics Education department (MED) as specialist students, and students of English language teaching (ELT) as non-specialist students. Both groups of students experienced a teaching intervention design to encourage active learning. Data were collected through observations during the teaching sessions, and interviews with a sample of students at the end of the teaching intervention. Phenomenographic analysis of the data showed that the specialist students express their interest in statistics in a long term (career) while for the non-specialist students had interest in short-term (study completion).