Assessment of single factor structure in SATS-36 categories

dc.contributor.advisorPicka, Jeffery
dc.contributor.authorAl Shahrani, Jameelah
dc.description.abstractThe attitude of students toward statistics has an impact on students’ overall academic performance. For non-science students such as those enrolled in marketing or business, statistics courses are often seen as secondary and/or difficult. The Survey of Attitudes Toward Statistics (SATS) instrument has been developed to measure the attitude towards statistics. The instrument consists of a questionnaire divided into several categories. Statistical analysis performed on the obtained data is based on assumptions that should be valid. Using Factor Analysis method on SATS-36 data collection, we investigate to which extent these assumptions, including normality and dimensionality, are validated. We have found that most items have a score that significantly depart from a normal distribution. The results obtained from exploratory factor analysis indicate that the item score variability within each SATS category is sufficiently accounted for when attributing one single factor.
dc.description.copyright© Jameelah Al Shahrani, 2016
dc.description.noteReport Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Statistics In the Graduate Academic Unit of Mathematics & Statistics. Electronic Only.
dc.description.noteM.Sc. University of New Brunswick, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, 2017.
dc.format.extentvi, 69 pages ; illustrations
dc.identifier.otherThesis 9965
dc.publisherUniversity of New Brunswick
dc.subject.disciplineMathematics and Statistics
dc.subject.lcshStatistics -- Study and teaching (Higher)
dc.subject.lcshCollege students -- Attitudes.
dc.subject.lcshStatistics -- Public opinion.
dc.subject.lcshFactor analysis.
dc.titleAssessment of single factor structure in SATS-36 categories
dc.typemaster thesis and Statistics of Science of New Brunswick


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