PhD progress talk

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You are invited to attend the following PhD progress talk.

Thursday 06 May 2021 09:00 am until Thursday 06 May 2021 10:00 am (Add to calendar)
Andriy Olenko
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Mitra Jazayeri
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Title: Factors affecting first year psychology students’ statistics learning


Teaching statistics to different disciplines is increasingly challenging. This is due to several factors including the wide range of students’ academic backgrounds, availability of data and public perception of its importance. In addition, advancements in technology and recent technological innovations in teaching also present challenges due to the large gap between learning theory and teaching practices.

Furthermore, experiencing anxiety when studying statistics, as a prerequisite subject, has always been commonplace for students around the world. Statistics anxiety can appear as a complex array of emotional reactions from only a minor discomfort to severe forms of apprehension, fear, nervousness, panic and worry. Considering that statistics is often required as a core subject in a wide range of university degrees, research into assisting in overcoming these challenges is essential.

This research aims to explore intervention methods to minimize students’ apprehension in their learning process. This is presented in three parts: 1) an examination of the effect of blended delivery of an introductory statistics subject, 2) a systematic review investigating interventions utilized to reduce students’ statistics anxiety, 3a) the introduction of a survey tool for evaluation of  student attitudes, confidence, anxiety, and beliefs about the usefulness of learning statistics in their degree  and an assessment of its’ reliability and validity, 3b) design, implementation and analysis of a web-based mindfulness intervention delivered to a sample of 530 students studying statistics for psychology during COVID-19 era. This project will help inform educators for the better delivery of statistics to students with diverse academic backgrounds.




26th Sep 2021 2:20am

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