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

Contributed Paper C255

In session C5A  (Tuesday 10th, 14:00–15:30,   Level 2E - Room 9)

Psychological factors associated with academic performance in statistics


Martin Malaspina (Peru)


The importance of statistical thinking is recognized in most professions, and at least one course in statistics is considered in the curricula in order to develop skills in statistical analysis; however, many students - especially those of humanities - study statistics unwillingly and even with fear. In this context, the present study analyzes how the performance of a sample of psychology students in a statistics course is related to the attitudes toward statistics, statistics anxiety and the type of motivation to study it. Likewise, the research is complemented by a qualitative analysis through drawings and stories about the representations that students have about statistics. Knowing the importance of these psychological factors related to learning statistics provides elements to implement better strategies for improving its teaching.