Can Mathematics and Statistics Perception Explain Students’ Statistical Literacy?

Risma Nurul Auliya

DOI: https://doi.org/10.23917/jramathedu.v3i2.6379

Abstract

The aim of this research is intended to examine the effect of mathematics and statistics perception towards students’ statistical literacy. The research utilized a survey method with quantitative approach. The research population was undergraduate students from major informatics in one of university in Jakarta. The sample consisted of 80 students, 50 of students were male, while 30 of the students were female. All the participants belonged to similar grade level and enrolled in a statistics course. A survey instrument entitled “Mathematics and Statistics Perception Scale (MSPS)” was intended to examine undergraduate students’ perceptions of self-efficacy and their attitudes toward the application of statistics in real world settings. The final version scale consists of 11 items. A multiple-choice survey with 22 questions measuring statistical literacy skills and consisted of items measuring skills on interpreting or critiquing the prevalence of statistical phrases and ideas in the media. The data collected were analyzed using linear regression and independent sample t-test. The result revealed that students’ mathematics and statistics perception was found to be significantly and positively related to statistical literacy skills, while there is no significant differences between gender, perception, and statistical literacy.

 

Keywords: Mathematics and statistics perception, statistical literacy.

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