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

Contributed Paper C247


Specialist and Non-Specialist Students' Attitudes Towards Statistics


Zainal Abidin Koemadji (United Kingdom)
Professor Janet M. Ainley ()


Zainal 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’ attitudes towards statistics were influenced more by their expectation of the course, while for the non-specialist students concerns focused on how they can successfully pass the course or whether they will use the course content in the future or not.