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Statistics anxiety, trait anxiety, learning behavior, and academic performance

Macher, D and Paechter, M and Papousek, I and Ruggeri, K (2012) Statistics anxiety, trait anxiety, learning behavior, and academic performance. European Journal of Psychology of Education, 27. pp. 483-498. ISSN 0256-2928

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Abstract

The present study investigated the relationship between statistics anxiety, individual characteristics (e.g., trait anxiety and learning strategies), and academic performance. Students enrolled in a statistics course in psychology (N=147) filled in a questionnaire on statistics anxiety, trait anxiety, interest in statistics, mathematical selfconcept, learning strategies, and procrastination. Additionally, their performance in the examination was recorded. The structural equation model showed that statistics anxiety held a crucial role as the strongest direct predictor of performance. Students with higher statistics anxiety achieved less in the examination and showed higher procrastination scores. Statistics anxiety was related indirectly to spending less effort and time on learning. Trait anxiety was related positively to statistics anxiety and, counterintuitively, to academic performance. This result can be explained by the heterogeneity of the measure of trait anxiety. The part of trait anxiety that is unrelated to the specific part of statistics anxiety correlated positively with performance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Academic performance Learning strategies Procrastination Statistics anxiety
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div C > Engineering Design
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:28
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 02:18
DOI: 10.1007/s10212-011-0090-5