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Measuring statistics attitudes: Structure of the survey of attitudes toward statistics

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Although a number of instruments for assessing attitudes toward statistics have been developed, several questions with regard to the structure and item functioning remain unresolved. In this study, the structure of the Survey of Attitudes Toward Statistics (SATS-36), a widely used questionnaire to measure six aspects of students' attitudes toward statistics, is investigated. This study addresses the previously unexplored issue of individual item functioning. Based on confirmatory factor analysis using individual items, the results suggest that the SATS-36 can be improved by removing some poorly functioning items and that depending on the goals of a specific study either six subscales could be used or three of them (Affect, Cognitive Competence, and Difficulty) can be combined into one subscale without losing much information. © International Association for Statistical Education (IASE/ISI), May, 2011.
Tijdschrift: Statistics Education Research Journal
ISSN: 1570-1824
Issue: 1
Volume: 10
Pagina's: 35 - 51
Jaar van publicatie:2011