Statistics Students


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Introduction

Here are a number of statements that may or may not describe your beliefs about learning Statistics. We are asking you to complete this survey because knowing how students beliefs about Statistics change and/or remain the same as they progress through Statistics courses helps us in our teaching. You are asked to rate each statement by selecting a number between 1 and 5 where the numbers mean the following:

  1. Strongly Disagree
  2. Disagree
  3. Neutral
  4. Agree
  5. Strongly Agree

Choose one of the above five choices that best expresses your feeling about the statement. If you don't understand a statement, leave it blank. If you have no strong opinion, choose 3.

We are asking that you express your own beliefs. Your answers will not affect your grade. Class instructors will not have access to individual survey responses until after the course has been completed and final grades submitted. This information will be very helpful to us in an effort to design more effective Statistics courses.

Survey (8-10 minutes)


  1. A significant problem in learning Statistics is being able to memorize all the information I need to know.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  2. When solving a statistical problem, getting the right formula is the most important thing.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  3. When I am solving a Statistics problem, I try to decide what would be a sensible answer.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  4. Statistics is important in everyday life.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  5. It is useful for me to do lots and lots of problems when learning Statistics.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  6. After I study a topic in Statistics and feel that I understand it, I have difficulty solving problems on the same topic.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  7. Knowledge in Statistics consists of many disconnected topics.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  8. As statisticians learn more, most statistical ideas we use today are likely to be proven wrong.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  9. When I solve a Statistics problem, I first try to find an equation that uses the variables given in the problem and plug in the values.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  10. I find that reading the text in detail is a good way for me to learn Statistics.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  11. When I hear a statistic reported on the TV, I accept it without question.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  12. If I do not have the formula needed to answer a question on an exam, there's nothing much I can do (legally!) to figure out the solution.
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  13. I am happy using a formula even if I do not understand why it works.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  14. I cannot learn Statistics if the teacher does not explain things well in class.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  15. I do not expect equations to help my understanding of the ideas in Statistics; they are just for doing calculations.
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  16. Statistics will be useful in my life outside of school.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  17. Statistics can tell us nothing about variation in the world.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  18. If I get stuck on a Statistics problem on my first try, I usually try to figure out a different way that works.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  19. Nearly everyone is capable of understanding Statistics if they work at it.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  20. Understanding Statistics basically means being able to recall something you've read or been shown.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  21. When solving a Statistics problem, I try to match the problem with one I've seen before.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  22. To understand Statistics I discuss it with friends and other students.
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  23. I do not spend more than five minutes stuck on a Statistics problem before giving up or seeking help from someone else.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  24. Probability is very important to Statistics.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  25. If I want to apply a method used for solving one Statistics problem to another problem, the problems must involve very similar situations.
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  26. In doing a Statistics problem, if my calculation gives a result very different from what I'd expect, I'd trust the calculation rather than going back through the problem.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  27. In Statistics, it is important for me to make sense out of formulae before I can use them correctly.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  28. I enjoy solving Statistics problems.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  29. When I see a formula, I try to understand how the variables are arranged and connected.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  30. Computers make solving most statistical problems easy.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  31. We use this statement to discard the survey of people who are not reading the questions. Please select agree (not strongly agree) for this question.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  32. It is important for the government to approve new statistical theories before they can be widely accepted.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  33. Surveys and opinion polls are the most important applications of Statistics.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  34. Learning Statistics changes my ideas about how the world works.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  35. To learn Statistics, I only need to memorize how to solve sample problems.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  36. Reasoning skills used to understand Statistics can be helpful to me in my everyday life.
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  37. In learning Statistics, I usually memorize methods rather than make sense of the underlying concepts.
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  38. Spending a lot of time understanding where mathematical formulae come from is a waste of time.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  39. I find carefully analyzing only a few problems in detail is a good way for me to learn Statistics.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  40. I can usually figure out a way to solve Statistics problems.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  41. Modelling variation in the world is an important part of Statistics.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  42. There are times I solve a Statistics problem more than one way to help my understanding.
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  43. To understand Statistics, I sometimes think about my personal experiences and relate them to the topic being analyzed.
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  44. Thinking about how things vary is important in learning Statistics.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  45. It is possible to explain statistical ideas without mathematical formulae.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  46. When I solve a Statistics problem, I explicitly think about which Statistics ideas apply to the problem.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  47. If I get stuck on a Statistics problem, there is no chance I'll figure it out on my own.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  48. Spending a lot of time understanding why a method works is a waste of time.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  49. When studying Statistics, I relate the important information to what I already know rather than just memorizing it the way it is presented.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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  50. When I'm solving Statistics problems, I often don't really understand what I am doing.
    Strongly Disagree12345Strongly Agree
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During this Term, my interest in Statistics: not answered
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stayed about the same

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We thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey. Your participation is really helpful because knowing more about students' beliefs about Statistics helps improve our teaching practices. Participation is entirely voluntary; if your instructor is offering course credit or other incentive in return for participating in this survey, you may collect this credit by simply submitting the survey uncompleted (with only name and ID filled in).