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Attitudes Toward Statistics and Statistical Software



Attitudes toward statistics and statistical software have an impact on students’ ability to learn and engage with statistical material. Finding teaching strategies and tools that can help boost positive attitudes will help students succeed in their statistics courses.

Current Projects:

  • Building Competence with Statistical Software in Social Science Students 

  • Examination of statistics attitudes and statistics anxiety at different study levels

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Recent Publications: 


Terry, J., Ross, R. M., Nagy, T., Salgado, M., Garrido-Vasquez, P., Sarfo, J. O., Cooper, S., Buttner, A. C., … Alter, U., ... Counsell, A., …, & Field, A. P. (submitted). Data from an international multi-centre study of statistics and mathematics anxieties and related variables in university students (the SMARVUS dataset). Journal of Open Psychology Data. [preprint]


Kunicki, Z., Harlow, L. L., & Counsell, A. (2022). Psychometric evaluations of eight attitudes towards quantitative methods measures. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology.

Counsell, A., & Cribbie, R. A. (2020). Student attitudes toward learning statistics with R. Psychology Teaching Review, 26(2), 36 -56.

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