Research

An overview of current/pre-publication research projects

PhD Projects (Empirical)

The Convergent & Discriminant Validity of Statistics Anxiety and Maths Anxiety: A Multi-Site, Multi-Study Project

Terry, J., Field, A. P., et al. (In Progress)

Recent research indicated that statistics anxiety and maths anxiety are unlikely to be separate constructs (Terry & Field, 2021). This project will examine whether these findings (conceptually) replicate in a large, international sample and whether the construct underlying statistics anxiety and maths anxiety is itself unique or whether it can be attributed to a more general underlying anxiety construct.

Approximately 100,000 undergraduate students in ~155 universities in ~46 countries that have taken or are taking statistics as part of an otherwise non-maths based degree will be invited to take part in an online self-report questionnaire study. The survey contains measures of statistics anxiety, maths anxiety, and a series of other constructs that may be underlying or are theoretically related to statistics anxiety and maths anxiety. We will also be collecting maths and statistics achievement data and information about the students’ statistics courses. This data will be analysed with a series of psychometric analyses to examine our core research question.

A secondary aim of this project is the curating of a large open dataset which will be made open to facilitate study into other related research questions.

Statistics Anxiety and Maths Anxiety: Evidence of Jangle Fallacy

Terry, J. & Field, A. P. (Manuscript in Preparation)

Maths anxiety and statistics anxiety are currently treated as separate constructs in the research literature, yet few studies have examined their distinctiveness. This study tested the distinctiveness of the two constructs using exploratory factor analysis, latent profile analysis, and a between-subjects experimental procedure in a sample of 465 psychology undergraduates. Results indicated that the two constructs mostly likely share an underlying construct and this could not be attributed to the differences in the measurement scales themselves.

Pre-registration | GitHub | Poster

PhD Projects (Reviews)

Best Practice for Research Methods in Statistics Education

Terry, J. & Field, A. P. (Manuscript in Preparation)

A Review of the Theoretical Approaches to Understanding the Relationship between Statistics Anxiety and Statistics Course Achievement

Terry, J. & Field, A. P. (Manuscript in Preparation)

Other Projects

PhD Psychology Students’ Perceptions, Understandings, and Experiences of Open Science

Collins, L., Terry, J., Pownall, M., Sladekova, M., & Jones, A. (In Progress)

The Open Science movement in Psychology is becoming ubiquitous. The reforms call for new practices, attitudes, skills, and knowledge, and yet we know very little about the influence and impact upon postgraduate research students. This study uses a mixed-methods survey-based approach to explore UK PhD Psychology students’ perceptions, understandings, and experience of Open Science.