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Presentation 8A5. Influence of Attitude towards Statistics, English Language Ability and Mathematical Ability in the Subject Quantitative Techniques

Verena Nolan (South Africa)


Presentation Abstract

At the Vaal Triangle Technikon the pass rate of students in the subject Quantitative Techniques is of great concern to the facilitators of the subject. Therefore appropriate action(s) must be taken to find the reason(s) for this.

Many factors may be responsible for the poor performance of the students in the subject Quantitative Techniques. A quasi-experiment was conducted to identify if the following three factors have an influence in the poor performance in this subject:
(a) the attitude of the students towards Quantitative Techniques as a service subject, by using the Attitude toward Statistics Scale (ATS). This scale measures the attitude toward course and attitude towards the field, respectively.
(b) if there is evidence to believe that the English language ability of the students influences the results of the subject: Quantitative Techniques.
(c) if there is evidence to believe that the mathematical ability of the students influences the result of the subject: Quantitative Techniques.

Convenient sampling was applied to select a sample size of students that are enrolled for Quantitative Techniques at the Vaal Triangle Technikon for the year 2001. For the first factor, the ATS questionnaire as compiled by Wise (1985) was used. For the other two factors, a questionnaire was designed to test the students' understanding of specific statistical terminology in English as well as the students' understanding of six basic mathematical concepts. Subsequently, a comparison will be drawn between the students in the Cost and Management Accounting, the Human Resource Management and Marketing field of study.


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