CONFIRMING THE STRUCTURE OF THE SURVEY OF ATTITUDES TOWARD STATISTICS (SATS-36) BY SWEDISH STUDENTS
Keywords:Statistics education research, Structural equation models, Confirmatory factor analysis
Research on students’ attitudes toward statistics has attracted many statistics instructors and statistics education researchers. In this study, we use confirmatory factor analysis to analyze data collected from an introductory statistics course using the Survey of Attitudes toward Statistics. The results suggest that the items and six factors are conceptually relevant, confirming the six-factor structure of the pretest version of SATS-36 on this sample of Swedish students, with a few suggested modifications of the original model structure. Two items are excluded from the Difficulty component, two items on the Affect component are allowed to correlate, and two items on the Cognitive competence component are also allowed to correlate.
First published May 2019 at Statistics Education Research Journal Archives