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Assessing statistical literacy level of postgraduate education research students in Malaysian research universities

Yusof, Ibnatul Jalilah and Abdul Latif, Adibah and Md. Supie, Hawa Syamsina (2021) Assessing statistical literacy level of postgraduate education research students in Malaysian research universities. Turkish Journal of Computer and MathematicsEducation, 12 (5). pp. 1318-1324. ISSN 1309-4653

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.17762/turcomat.v12i5.1800


Statistical literacy is an essential component of research literacy demanded for the research students to master as they are required to read, comprehend, and evaluate research articles. Misinterpretations of data and research findings are among the unfavorable results in the lack of research literacy.Consequently, it will affect the quality of their research and eventually leads to ripple impact on other researchers. However, this study is still under researched especially among postgraduate research students. Therefore, this paper examined statistical literacy level among postgraduate research students. This study was a survey conducted with a sample of 236 education postgraduate research students by using a set of statistical literacy items. The data were analysed using Rasch Analysis approach which includes item and person measures. Findings suggested that postgraduate students‘ statistical literacy level is at Moderate Low level. The findings also revealed that the hardest items to be answered by the students are related to hypothesis testing (significant value). In order for students to improve their statistical literacy, this study suggested that the instructors and institutions to reexamine and to explore new methods of teaching and learning statistics.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Statistical Literacy, Research Literacy, Postgraduate Students, Rasch Analysis, Higher Education
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
ID Code:96810
Deposited By: Widya Wahid
Deposited On:23 Aug 2022 06:29
Last Modified:23 Aug 2022 06:29

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