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Activity Number: 558
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract #319962
Title: Perception and Deception: What Students Assume About an Introductory Business Statistics Course
Author(s): Deborah Gougeon*
Companies: University of Scranton
Keywords: Business Statistics Education ; Statistics Anxiety ; Statistics Education Research ; Statistics Attitudes ; Statistics Achievement

Over a period of five years, this study surveyed a total of 386 undergraduate students on the first day of a required Introductory Business Statistics course. Students were asked to respond to eleven questions that measured their perceptions and expectations regarding this course. For example, students were asked whether the course would be relevant or not to their overall business education, how much time they anticipated spending on homework assignments as well as on general study for the course, and what their anticipated final grade would be. Since all of these factors can have a significant impact on both pedagogy and outcomes when planning and teaching an Introductory Business Statistics course, this study takes a closer look at these attitudes and perceptions by making comparisons with students' previous experience with quantitative courses, their reported time spent on studying Introductory Business Statistics, and their overall expectations regarding their final grade. The goal is to demonstrate empirically the impact of student attitudes on learning outcomes in Introductory Business Statistics courses.

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