A Psychological Model Explaining Why We Love or Hate Statistics

Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 38(1), p. 1-8, 2017

8 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2017  

Tommy Prayoga

Bina Nusantara University (Binus)

Juneman Abraham

Bina Nusantara University

Date Written: March 29, 2017

Abstract

Students of social sciences often hate statistics and therefore cannot utilize statistics optimally. As only a few studies are available on the antecedents of the attitude towards statistics, the authors investigated five possible antecedents in a hypothetical model. The sample for this study was 255 psychology students across Greater Jakarta, Indonesia (52 males, 203 females; Mage = 20.309 years old, SDage = 1.182 years). Using path analysis, it was found that mathematics self-efficacy and appreciation towards history of mathematics can predict statistics appropriation, while ambiguity tolerance can predict previous bad mathematics experience. Finally, both statistics appropriation and previous bad mathematics experience can predict attitude towards statistics, thus confirming the hypothesized model. The overall psychological model had a good fit (χ2 (7, N = 255) = 7.72, p > .05).

Keywords: Attitude, History of Mathematics, Mathematics Efficacy, Mathematics Experience, Statistics Appropriation

Suggested Citation

Prayoga, Tommy and Abraham, Juneman, A Psychological Model Explaining Why We Love or Hate Statistics (March 29, 2017). Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 38(1), p. 1-8, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3010123

Tommy Prayoga

Bina Nusantara University (Binus) ( email )

Jl. K. H. Syahdan No. 9
Kemanggisan / Palmerah
Jakarta Barat, ID DKI Jakarta 11480
Indonesia

Juneman Abraham (Contact Author)

Bina Nusantara University ( email )

Jl. Kemanggisan Ilir III No. 45, Palmerah
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities
Jakarta Barat, DKI Jakarta 11480
Indonesia
+62215345830 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://about.me/juneman

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