Anxious women or complacent men? Anxiety of statistics in a sample of UK Sociology undergraduates

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One of the most commonly identified obstacles in the learning-teaching of quantitative material is statistics anxiety. Of the factors analysed in relation to statistics anxiety, age and gender have received a substantial proportion of the research focus. Yet there is limited work that systematically examines the possibility of an interrelationship, or interaction, between age and gender and reported statistics anxiety. This article aims to directly address this gap in the research by examining this interaction. A secondary analysis of data gathered from across 34 institutions in the UK is undertaken. The research presented is the first to examine this issue using a multivariate-modelling framework in a UK context. Although the international literature tends to indicate that women disproportionately experience statistics anxiety, the findings here show women have a moderate likelihood of reporting anxiety. There is a group of unworried young men who are likely to require pedagogical attention. Indeed, it may be that the existence a group of complacent young men have women seem anxious by comparison.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology
Early online date13 May 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 May 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • pedagogy
  • statistics anxiety
  • quantitative methods
  • sociology
  • gender
  • age


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