Examining the Factor Structure of the Survey of Attitudes Towards Statistics among Undergraduate Health Science Students
Abraham Ayebo 1 * , Jered Bright 1, Christian Ballam 1
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1 University of Minnesota Rochester, USA* Corresponding Author

Abstract

Recent studies report that students’ attitudes toward statistics play an important role in their statistics achievement. The goal of this study was to test the psychometric properties of the Survey of Attitudes Towards Statistics (SATS-28) among undergraduate health science students enrolled in an introductory statistics course. Most students held positive attitudes towards statistics. The average SATS scores were above neutral. Confirmatory factor analysis validated the four-factor structure of the questionnaire (Affect, Cognitive Competence, Value, and Difficulty), albeit with a few modifications. The RMSEA value of 0.065 was below the suggested cutoff of 0.07. Cronbach’s alpha for the entire scale was .907, which was well above the recommended cutoff value of 0.7. The study provided evidence for the appropriate metric properties of the SATS-28 as a valid instrument for measuring the statistics attitudes of a sample of first year students at the University of Minnesota Rochester.

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Article Type: Research Article

INT ELECT J MATH ED, 2020, Volume 15, Issue 1, Article No: em0560

https://doi.org/10.29333/iejme/5942

Publication date: 27 Sep 2019

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